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Pyramid Valley Vineyards, North Canterbury, showing the four discrete grape-growing plots set among the arid landscape. GERARD HUTCHING, November 25 2015 Not all soils are equal, a point proven by Lincoln University soil scientists who have helped winemakers in North Canterbury’s Waipara region to pinpoint the best locations for their business. In fact about 15 years […]
Wine Country . By Ray Isle. Executive Wine Editor. Food and Wine Magazine. Posted November 20, 2015 After Pedro’s, I did what many Christchurchian day-trippers do on weekends, which is drive out to the North Canterbury wine region (though most locals probably don’t stuff themselves with four pounds of roast lamb first). Getting there takes about 45 minutes to […]
The 10 Best Wines The pick of the crop were chosen purely for their quality and individuality By Jo Burzynska What an exciting time the past 12 months have been for wine. I’ve certainly been spoiled for choice when putting together this annual list of the wines I’ve found the most thrilling. I’ve been wowed at […]
Think New Zealand red, think Pinot Noir but there’s more to New Zealand red wine than one variety: some of the best reds I’ve reviewed over the past 12 months reflect New Zealand’s ability to produce classy Bordeaux styles as well as sexy Syrah, particularly in the warmer climes of Hawke’s Bay. When it comes […]
You may think you know New Zealand wines but I can assure you that until you have tasted Pyramid Valley, you have no idea. When I first sampled the earliest releases from this left-of-center producer, I was so drawn to the signature, ground-breaking if, at that time, not altogether flawless wines that I vowed to […]
I don’t think there is a delicate way of putting this, so I’m just going to come right out and say it: An American makes the best wines coming out of New Zealand. Californian Mike Weersing arrived in New Zealand in 1996 by way of enology school in Dijon, France, and several stints at some of France’s best wineries, including De Montille in Burgundy and Kreydenweiss in Alsace. In New Zealand, he initially went to work as the winemaker at Neudorf Vineyards in Nelson, and in 2000, he purchased an old farm in North Canterbury with his wife on the South Island.
It was the Cranmer Cantina, a pop-up fundraising restaurant in Christchurch that Pyramid Valley Vineyards has been involved with since 2012, that sparked the connection with two of that city’s respected street artists whose work is now adorning a new winery just completed in North Canterbury. Artists Morpork and Yikes have created an eight metre by four metre artwork on the inside back wall of Pyramid Valley’s new winery just completed.
There’s more to wine than simply white and red, or indeed the sauvignon blanc and pinot noir that dominate New Zealand’s vineyards. In this section, I’ve explored lesser known whites, a rose and a rare “orange” wine.
NZ Vineyard Farmed Biodynamically From Inception Earns Demeter Certification Pyramid Valley Vineyards in North Canterbury was the first vineyard in New Zealand and one of only a few in the world, to be established from the outset under the most stringent biodynamic principles, and now 10 years later, it has earned Demeter certification. “Most producers […]