The Waipara Springs Estate Vineyard from which the Waipara Springs and Premo wines are solely sourced 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.With vines sheltered from the prevailing easterly winds by the Teviotdale range, 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. After evaluation of each block, labour intensive canopy manipulation is carried in accordance to the style of wine each parcel contributes to the overall blend.
Covering an area of 26 hectares, the Waipara Springs vineyard contains some of the oldest Mendoza clone Chardonnay in New Zealand, a mixture of Pinot noir clones, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. We put a strong emphasis on careful vineyard management with a
Waipara Springs was established by the Moore and Grant families. Bruce and Jill Moore have lived on the property for many years and together planted the first grape vines at Waipara Springs. Andrew Moore is the operations manager and has an active involvement in all aspects of the company. Responsible for winemaking is Frank Manifold who has had many vintages both overseas and locally.
Nature FriendlyThis is a win-win situation where research on nature’s services provides added value through biocontrol and other environmentally-friendly practices, including reduced reliance on herbicides and pesticides, creation of swales and wetlands with native species to filter contaminated stormwater and vineyard effluent – all done via the restoration of habitat using species which were once common. These practices enhance the natural character and resilience of the district. Shelter belts, entranceways, stream and pond edges, vineyard borders and even the vine rows themselves are all receiving an ecological ‘makeover’.
Organic / Biodynamic
Many vineyards are planning a biodiversity trail near their winery/restaurant, allowing people to experience the relationship between the winemaker and the environment as they digest their lunch.
The Waipara wine-growing area of North Canterbury is a place of extraordinary significance. Like much of eastern Canterbury, it was originally draped in tall trees such as totara, matai, lacebark, kowhai, lancewood and broadleaf forest. It has been dramatically transformed, first as a result of the hunting and gathering by the tangata whenau (people of the land), then modification for grazing sheep and mixed farming, and then to forestry or horticulture – including the viticulture industry.
Out of this rich environment and human history, there has recently been a spontaneous local enthusiasm to do something truly special for the landscape – something that will recognise the history of the land and build a regional identity and commitment to a true ‘clean-green New Zealand’. The ‘Greening Waipara’ project was born.