North Canterbury comprises four distinct
sub-regions. An easy 45-minute drive north of Christchurch will land you at the doorstep of the Waipara Valley (which include Omihi and the Glasnevin Gravels). Fifteen minutes further inland will take you to Waikari. Picturesque Vineyards also lie on the plains close to Christchurch city and further east on the extinct volcanic that is Banks Peninsula. These regions are home to some of the most exciting wine producers in New Zealand.
Each sub-region is unique with distinct soils - from the clay and various limestones in Waikari and Omihi, to the Glasnevin Gravels of the Waipara Valley floor and the basalt spoil of Banks Peninsula.
The climate is cool, although in the northern part of the region, Waipara and Waikari are protected by the Teviotdale Hills which keep the cool coastal winds out. The Southern Alps ensure low rainfall and plenty of sunshine in summer. The whole region enjoys long dry autumns and varied diurnal rhythms help provide phenolic ripeness and complexity in the wines.