Our History

Waipara Springs is located in the warm dry Waipara Valley district, 45 minutes’ drive north of Christchurch in New Zealand.

Waipara Springs Estate is a family owned business in its 3rd generation.  Our wines have been enjoyed both in New Zealand and internationally since the winery opened in 1989.

The vineyard of 26 hectares is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.

The soil type at Waipara Springs is ideally suited to quality grape production having high levels of limestone from the surrounding foothills, which results in high levels of PH in the soil.

Waipara Springs Vineyard has a terroir that renders wines totally unique.  Derived from a prehistoric lakebed at the centre of the Waipara Valley floor, the vineyard soils are a rich blend of clay and limestone.

Waipara Valley is fortunate to possess its very own microclimate.  With vines sheltered by the Teviot hills from the prevailing cool easterly winds. High midsummer heat, combined with relatively low rainfall during the growing season, along with long warm days and cold nights during harvest, provide near perfect conditions for high quality fruit and cool climate aromatic wines.

Waipara Springs puts a strong emphasis on careful vineyard management delivering fruit of quality for our wine styles. Waipara Springs wines are made in the classic fruit driven style that New Zealand wine is renowned for worldwide. With an emphasis of fruit characters these wines are a vibrant expression of our vineyard.