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2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling wins two Gold Awards

2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling
The 2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling has been awarded Gold at The New Zealand International Wine Show and the New World Wine Awards.
 
As the country’s largest wine competition, achieving Gold at The New Zealand International Wine Show is testament to the superb quality of the Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling. The New World Wine Awards is also an achievement to be toasted; with many gold medal wines expected to sell out in a week.
 

Waipara Hills shines with three Silver Medals at IWSC (UK)

Results have been announced for the 2013 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC UK) and we're delighted to have received Silver medals for 2012 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir and 2012 Equinox Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The IWSC was founded in 1969 and is widely considered to be the most prestigious independent competition of its type in the world. There are two rigorous stages of judging. A professional blind tasting of wines, followed by a detailed chemical and microbiological analysis.

Join us at Taste Waipara

Taste Waipara

We're excited to be part of Taste Waipara.  Join us and other producers from the Waipara Valley for a boutique wine tasting experience at Christchurch Casino 17 September. Tickets are limited and only available at www.tastewaipara.co.nz.

Jean-Luc Dufour awarded Pure Gold and more at 2013 Bragato Awards

Big congratulations to our Vineyard Manager, Jean-Luc Dufour, who was awarded Pure Gold and a swag of bronzes at this year’s Bragato Awards!

The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the Romeo Bragato Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality.

The competition had 495 entries with 51 gold medals, 107 silver and 181 bronze medals being awarded.

PURE GOLD
2012 Equinox Sauvignon Blanc 

Two Golds from prestigious Canadian Wine Awards

We're delighted to announce two Gold Medals at the 2013 Selections Mondiales des Vins competition held in Canada.

The results:

GOLD - 2011 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

GOLD - 2011 Waipara Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir

The 2013 competition recieved over 1700 entries from 34 different countries. To see the full list of results visit www.smvcanada.ca/

Capturing the Soul of the South - Equinox Release

How does one capture the Soul of the South? By producing a special limited edition range of premium wines that uniquely represent the North Canterbury wine region Waipara Valley.

Equinox by Waipara Hills is proud to announce the new vintage release of its range including 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, 2011 Pinot Noir, and a new variety in the Equinox range – the 2012 Waipara Hills Equinox Chardonnay. 

Marlborough Harvest 2013

Marlborough Harvest 2013

It was a great season in Marlborough with below average rainfall and higher than average growing degree days (the average daily temperature minus 10 added together) and average wind run. Crops were mostly in the optimum cropping range to suit the vineyard. This meant that quality was maximised with good healthy canopies through to harvest with great flavour development and ripening. 

Central Otago Harvest 2013

Central Otago

The 2013 season was one of the latest on record. Harvest started in earnest on April 5th. Weather conditions for harvest were near perfect, with cool calm days.  The prediction of rain eventuated with a shower of rain falling the day after final pick.

Waipara Valley Winemaker Update 2013

The Waipara Hills handpicking team

Summer 2013 will be one which people will talk about in Canterbury for quite some time.

Waipara Valley Vineyard Update 2013

Four legged leaf pluckers hard at work

Summer of 2012/13 will be remembered by us as a great summer in the vineyard and this will be reflected in the bottle; vintage 2013!

This warm and settled summer was the base for a favorable ripening season. Fruit was harvested with good flavour, generous sweetness and solid acidity across all varietals.

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