Wine Regions

Hover your mouse over the map to see the Pinot production regions and the winery within that region, or simply select the region from the list below. Click on the region or winery for more information.

Simply select the region from the list below. Click on the region or winery for more information.

We are thrilled to confirm the following wineries are part of Pinot Noir NZ 2021

Bell Hill Vineyard

Bell Hill, so named for its shape as viewed from the south, is an old lime quarry steeped in natural history. The two hectare vineyard uses Burgundian vineyard architecture with a high plant density of 9,090 to 11,363 vines/ha. Drawn by the pure, chalky limestone soils and calcareous clays, we seek to reflect the characteristic expression of our site and soil in the wines we make, looking for consistent quality, fruit concentration and expression of terroir.
Bellbird Spring is a wine estate owned by the Porter family in North Canterbury. We craft small parcels of fine wine to accompany great food. Our vineyards are maintained using organic practices. We make aromatic white and red wine using traditional techniques. Our Pinot Noir comes from a range of clones, to produce complex wines made by Guy Porter. Wines are typified by the use of indigenous fermentation, extended maceration and ageing in French oak.
Black Estate is a remarkable place for wine – three hillside vineyards on clay and limestone soils in North Canterbury. We’re family owned and operated. Nicholas Brown oversees the grape growing and makes the wine and Pen his wife manages the business. Viticulture is intense, organic and hands on and our winemaking is gentle and guiding. We want to make wines that are true to their individual site – wines with natural balance, structure and character.
Greystone draws its name from the unique limestone conglomerate that forms the bedrock of its vineyard. This mix of seashells, fossils, pebbles and limestone were thrust out of the ocean around 100,000 years ago to form the Omihi hills of the 37 hectare vineyard, planted in 2004. Our goal is to express this terroir through wild ferments, some in the vineyard itself, with fruit returned to the rows to ferment in the open air.

Mt. Beautiful wines are the expression of the wild, rugged and breathtakingly scenic region of North Canterbury. Certified-sustainable and estate-grown, these distinctively restrained wines let the pure terroir shine through. World-renowned scholar/entrepreneur and New Zealand native David Teece, together with his wife Leigh, spent two years searching for just this spot, where they could pioneer an undiscovered region and fulfil their dream of bringing the best of New Zealand to the world.

Pegasus Bay is owned and operated by the Donaldson’s, Pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Ivan and Christine established the vineyard in 1985, and today Ivan oversees viticulture, Christine curates the breathtaking gardens, Eldest son Matthew is winemaker, Edward is marketing manager while his wife Belinda managers the winery restaurant, and youngest son Paul is GM. 12 different clones of Pinot Noir represent a third of the  plantings with most now 30 years of age.

Pyramid Valley Vineyards

After 15 years of extensively travelling the world, Mike and Claudia Weersing finally found their Pyramid Valley site in North Canterbury New Zealand. The home vineyard was established biodynamcially in 1999 and has been planted in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on scarp slopes, at a density of 10,000-12,000 vines per hectare. “Every gesture made in the vineyard and winery, is a summons to this spirit of place. Biodynamics, hand-based viticulture, low yields, natural winemaking – these are some of the means we’ve adopted better to record and transmit this voice”.
The ancient geology of giant creatures, the permeating past, limestone alluvial “soils”, 25 year old vines, riverside multi-terraced site of steep banked amphitheatres, which regularly ripens 8 varietals including cabernet reds. Mix of old Swiss and younger Dijon Pinot Noir clones, individual ferments, handworked in onsite winery. Great attention to detail in vine and wine care by all. The love shows through in these wines, Pinot Noir is deep within the heart of this place.
The Crater Rim is a family-owned winery situated in the rolling hills of Waipara. We grow, make and market limited quantities of terroir-specific wines from the region. Our wines are produced from sites carefully selected for their particular mix of topography, soil and microclimate – creating high quality, site-specific wines of individual character and drinkability. We work closely with each vineyard to ensure that vines are cropped low and managed sustainably, guaranteeing the best quality fruit possible from each site. These are exceptional wines from exceptional places.

Tongue in Groove Wines

This label brings the knowledge of six friends into a beautiful collision with the best vineyards in one of the most exciting wine regions. Our Pinot Noir vineyard ‘Cabal’ is a clay and limestone vineyard on the north facing slopes of the Omihi Hills. We practice low intervention wine-making – natural yeasts, minimal handling, no additions, filtering or fining, light filtration for clarity and stability. Our headquarters is the organic, permaculture property called The Food Farm in the heart of the Waipara Valley.

At Waipara Hills our winemaking philosophy is simple. It’s about creating perfect balance, encouraging the characteristics of each season’s fruit to shine, whilst celebrating South Island vineyards. The result is wine that is rich, textural and bursting with complex flavour.

From the vineyards to the winery, our team are hands on in perfecting their craft, pouring a little of themselves into everything they do. Discover the Soul of the South with Waipara Hills.

Central Otago

Central Otago’s rise to pinot prominence has been meteoric. It went from zero to 1200ha planted in Pinot Noir inside 22 years. Today that figure stands at 1484ha. The region and the variety are inextricably linked and enjoy a global reputation. Frenchman Jean Feraud probably planted pinot in Central Otago in the 19th century. In the modern era, the first experimental vines appeared in the mid-1970s.

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With just 43ha of Pinot Noir planted, Gisborne is a small player in the New Zealand Pinot pageant. The region is the country’s easternmost and is relatively remote. It has played a pivotal role in the industry’s rise. During the 1980s it carved out a reputation for its Chardonnay, and this remains by far the region’s most widely planted Variety.

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Hawkes Bay

Hawke’s Bay is the largest wine region in the North Island and the country’s second largest. It is also rich in wine history. Vines were first planted in the Bay in 1851 by French Marist Brothers. The winery they founded (today called Mission Estate) is New Zealand’s oldest and is still under the ownership of the Society of Mary.

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Martinborough / Wairarapa

The Wairarapa occupies the southeast corner of the North Island, sharing roughly the same latitude as Marlborough. Pinot Noir found a home here early. In the 1890s, retired gentleman farmer William Beetham and his French wife Hermance planted pinot in their Landsdowne vineyard near Masterton. Beetham was effusive in his praise for the grape in a 1901 press interview: “(Mr Beetham) has tried other varieties, but the Pineau Noir, his first favourite, still surpasses all others”

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Small (though marginally larger than the Wairarapa) and tucked away in its sheltered pocket at the top of the South Island, Nelson is host to a tight core of dedicated pinot producers. The grape was first planted in the region in 1975 by the Austrian-born father of the Nelson wine industry, Hermann Seifried. In a region that has a strong reputation for the quality of its aromatic whites and chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the most planted red grape with 198ha in the ground.

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In ‘Sauvignon Central’, Pinot Noir was for many years a secondary consideration. The first plantings of the variety in Marlborough took place as far back as 1973, though for the next 20-plus years most of the pinot fruit grown in the region was used to make sparkling wine. Serious growth began after 2000. Over the first decade of the new millennium, pinot plantings expanded four-fold to cover 2000ha while the sparkling wine share as a percentage receded. Today the total area of Pinot Noir in Marlborough covers 2,669ha, the most of any region.

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North Canterbury

It was in North Canterbury during the 1970s that the South Island’s Pinot Noir potential started to be seriously explored through trials at Lincoln University. Subsequently, Danny Schuster’s gold medal-winning St Helena Pinot Noir 1982 is still seen as a seminal expression of the variety.

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The Waitaki Valley is a river corridor that runs from the South Island’s alpine heart down to the east cost, just north of Oamaru. Although the first vines were planted back in the mid-1980s, near Omarama, the first Waitaki Pinot Noir was a product of the 2003 vintage.

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