Canterbury Wine

The Canterbury region covers the East coast of New Zealand's South Island. Canterbury consists of two major wine areas; 1.The plains around the city of Christchurch, where grapes were first planted in the late 1970s, and 2. The more recently developed valley area of Waipara, an hour's drive north of Christchurch. In the southern area the soils are mainly alluvial silt loams over gravel subsoils while in Waipara they are chalky loams that are often rich in limestone. Long, dry summers, abundant sunshine and relatively cool growing conditions are a feature in both areas although Waipara, which is sheltered from the coast by a low range of hills, can be significantly warmer. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the most widely planted grape varieties, together making up nearly 60% of the region's vineyard. Riesling is the third most popular variety with Sauvignon Blanc in fourth place. Canterbury is New Zealand's fourth largest wine region. The influence of the Pacific Ocean on Canterbury creates a maritime climate Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Northfield Wines

    Welcome to the world of Northfield Wines! A place that is dedicated to people who love wine and t...

  • Waipara Springs Wines Ltd

    Vineyard Waipara Springs is a boutique vineyard and winery located in the heart of the Waipara Va...

  • Daniel Schuster Wines Ltd

    Established in 1986, Daniel Schuster Wines Ltd is a small, quality-focused producer of classicall...

  • French Farm Vineyards

    Located in a valley providing natural shelter, French Farm and its surrounding vineyards have the...

  • Torlesse Wines Ltd

    Torlesse Wines Limited is based at Waipara Village, adjacent to State Highway 1, 60 kilometres no...

  • Melton Estate Vineyard

    Melton Estate is a boutique vineyard producing award winning wines. Our wines are served at our o...

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  • Sherwood Estate Waipara Valley New Zealand Riesling 2015


    A very good Riesling although one would want to know if it was chaptalized and if it spent time in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Main Divide Pinot Noir Waipara Valley 2013


    Main Divide in Canterbury, South Island NZ has made a wonderful PN at Waipara... a warm, strawberry infused bouquet with trifle and herbal (leaf) qualities invites one to sip, and, the entry does not disappoint: there is just a hint of rubber with wet earth and over-ripe field strawberry on the palate. Finish is quite long for PN at this price ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Who knew?Now, I guess we all do.Snooth is having an on-line ... famed Master of Wine Christy Canterbury, as we indulge in an hour long tasting session and celebration of Garnacha!Go out and pick up a bottle of Garnacha to enjoy along with us during this hour long exploration of the Wines of Garnacha.RSVP now to receive a reminder on Friday, Sep... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha Day is Sept.16

  • The Crater Rim Canterbury New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014


    a spritely, brite, light and vevacious pinot noir which could also enjoy a stretch in the cellar for clarity. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Well, I hope the host is GDP.  It looks like he's back in the U.S.It ... ... that the last VT Christy Canterbury was a, for lack of a better word, co-host.  Since she has been contributing several article on Snooth, lateley, would be a good guess, also.I have some obligations scheduled in March.  So, I hope the schedule works out.Dry as a bone... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virtual tastings and rumors...

  • What's the price on those Brovia Garblet Sue bottles?  I think I need ... the money from Bell's Canterbury Block 6 and Clay Mauritson's Rockpile Madrone Spring.  Anyone who doesn't get Cali Syrah needs to start with those, and maybe Lafond from SRH, about the only Syrah from the Central Coast that has done it for me to date.  (Sorry, Qupe fans... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • DMcKer,I am rather partial to the Pinot Noir from Central Otago(From fair to ... to ... eg Neudorf. Waipara/Canterbury has some good Pinot Noir eg Muddy Water, Pyramid Valley. Cloudy Bay do have a good Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Gewurztraminer, and sparkling-"Pelorus". Other Marlborough producers to visit or taste:Greywacke,,   NZ Riesling is en... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Emark, you sat through Beethoven's Fifth twice?  I could research, ... found a bottle of 2009 Bell Canterbury Syrah from the Sierra Foothills.  This walked up to the "Central Coast berry pie" line but did not cross it.  More Crozes-Hermitage than Hermitage, but, again, lots of good bloody flavor over those fruits and more lovely tannins.  It's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Mike Madaio said: "I just want to know where to find bacony, earthy ... if you could find Bell's Canterbury Block 6 or Clay Mauritson's Rockpile Madrone Springs, or anything from Alder Springs Vineyard from Pax (check JJ Buckley), you'd be happy, MM.  Sadly, the high volume stuff from Stolpman and Qupe (and Tensley, based on tasting notes) doe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How has your cellar changed?

  • I'm sitting on a 2010 St. Joseph from Ogier.  Bunch of years ago I ... end of vintage stuff--2007 Canterbury Block 6 was half price.  I waited too long and it sold out, should have bought 6 or 12.  Wife would have had no problem with it--she loves it almost as much as I do and at that price? Now, back to the point--I'm in no rush to open this,... Read More

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