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Mar 10, 2018

Fresh off an amazing trip to the North Canterbury region, just north of Christchurch on the South Island of her homeland, New Zealand, Simone Madden-Grey let's us in on a little known region that we all need to try (and visit): North Canterbury.

Here are some quick notes from the show:

  • The Alps are to the west, the Pacific Ocean to the east.
  • Cool, dry climate with high sunshine and a long growing season means pure, flavorful wines -- especially aromatic whites like Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer since the climate is similar to Alsace. Pinot Noir is also stunning from here
  • 3% of NZ production
  • Wines are grown on the valley floor and vineyards (top ones) are being planted on the hillsides and foothills
  • The stunning subregions of Waipara and Waitaki Valleys are the hot spots for quality wine in the region.
    • Waipara Valley is 40 minutes north of Christchurch
    • About 30 wineries in the valley
  • We discuss the beautiful produce of the ares and how the food and wine are so fully integrated into the culture here, as it is no where else
  • For a list of all the wineries, with links go here: Wineries and Vineyards of North Canterbury and Waipara
  • And the list of wines Simone mentions --

Bell Hill Vineyard –

Bellbird Spring –

Black Estate –

Greystone Wines –

Pegasus Bay –

Pyramid Valley –

Tongue in Groove –


As a wrap up for Women's History Month, we talk about our experiences as women in wine. 

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