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Top 5 Wineries in the Canterbury Region

Emily Twohig
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The Canterbury region is internationally renowned for having some of the best food and wine. Perfect for any occasion, date night, lunch with your girlfriends or even a work do.

With the Canterbury wine region spanning over 200km, there are so many different options on places to go below are the top 5 rated wineries that are a must to go to. The cool, dry climate and sunshine makes the long growing season renounced for producing some quality wines with intense flavours, richness and complex fruity flavours! 


Pegasus Bay Winery 

This is a family owned and operated venue that the Donaldson family have been producing fine wines at since the early 1970s which many have won international awards. You won't be disappointed with the array of delicious options they have. Visit for a sophisticated lunch and sit outside to admire the beautiful scenery and vines that scatter the grounds. Located in Waipara, North Canterbury it takes around an hour from the CBD of Christchurch, the views at the Vinyard will make the drive worth it. 


Fiddler’s Green Vineyard & Bistro 

A gorgeous boutique vineyard with a Mediterranean style is a great option to dine at with anyone. Founded in 1994 they are one of the only wineries in that area with a tasting room showcasing their produced wine. The Bistro specialises in local, fresh and seasonal dishes paired with their wine, local craft beers and premium liquors which makes it perfect for everyone. Situated just before Waipara, North Canterbury it's just under an hour's drive from the CBD of Christchurch. 

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Waipara hills 

In their relatively short history, opening in 2001 Waipara Hills have received more than 200 awards that celebrate the South Island of New Zealand. Spoilt for choice with the array of food choices and you can't go wrong with a crisp Riesling or Pinot Gris. On a fine day sit outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vineyards and manicured gardens. Located right in the heart of Waipara, North Canterbury taking just under an hour to get there from the CBD of Christchurch.  

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Black Estate 

A family owned vinyard established in 1994 provides a rustic atmosphere with a tasting room and restaurant in the heart of the Vinyard. Pop in for an intimate lunch full of all their local organic produce, make sure you book in well in advance as this vinyard is very popular with locals and visitors around New Zealand. Again located in Waipara, North Canterbury it's around an hour drive from the CBD of Christchurch.  

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Greystone Wines 

Another winery nestled in the heart of Waipara, in the 2000's the Thomas Family purchased a farm on the Omihi hill and created the Greystone Vineyard. The farm is 100% certified organic also featuring a cellar door and a menu that changes weekly including locally grown organic and foraged produceFound just off State Highway 1, five minutes north of the township of Waipara it will take you just over an hour to get there from the CBD of Christchurch.