Established in 1986, this is an ultra premium, high demand, low production wine from the heart of Waipara. Waipara Downs is a 320 ha sheep and cattle farm specializing in the prime lamb market. It was purchased by Ruth and Keith Berry in 1986 and during that year Ruth planted what was one of the first vineyards in the Waipara region. The first plantings were of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and Ruth had her first commercial vintage in 1991. During 1994 a winery was built, which over the years has expanded, and in 2001 son Scott Berry returned from a year in Sancerre, France to take over as Winemaker. Scott has since become an award winning winemaker within Waipara and New Zealand and has taken over the running of the entire vineyard/winery operation.
Waipara Downs wines are available for purchase from Southern Boundary Wines Cellar Door. Some wines are available from our online shop.