NZ Winery Visit: Pegasus Bay
Region: Waipara, Canterbury (South Island, NZ)
Distance: 50-60 minutes drive north of Christchurch
Address: 263 Stockgrove Rd, Waipara, RD 2 Amberley 7482, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Wine Tasting & Cellar Door: 10am to 5pm seven days.
What to do there? Wine tasting, lunch at NZ best winery restaurant (awarded multiple times), and see the beautiful Japanese garden outside the house.
Pegasus Bay is a family-owned winery by the Donaldson family since the early 1970s. One of the first few who planted wine grapes in the Canterbury region.
Highly rated by wine critics, quote from Robert Parker’s Guide: “Outstanding” Rated one of New Zealand’s top 5 producers.
I remember Pegasus Bay used to serve on Singapore Airlines first class cabin as well.
The restaurant at Pegasus Bay winery is very popular, be sure to make your lunch reservation if stopping by.
Open: Thursday to Monday, from 12 noon to 4 pm. (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Lunch Menu: here.
FYI: Pegasus Bay has been awarded NZ’s best winery restaurant 7 times in the past 10 years in the Cuisine Magazine’s Good Food awards.
- Sauvignon / Semillon 2015
- Chardonnay 2016
- Pinot Noir 2014 *** very good***
- Merlot/Cabernet 2016
- Maestro 2015 (Merlot/Cabernet/Malbet blend)
- Riesling Bel Canto (Late Harvest ferment dry) 2015
- Riesling 2015
- Riesling ARIA (late harvest Riesling)
- ENCORE Noble Riesling (ferment without oxygen)
- FINALE Noble Sauvignon Blanc
- Fortified Muscat 2016
In the end, we just bought a few bottles to waive off the $5/pax tasting fee.
Wine bottle price ranged from $29 NZD- $88 NZD. (probably slightly cheaper compare to Central Otago’s wines). Great value!
Waipara Wine Region is known for producing spicier and richer Pinot Noir and Riesling. The climate also produces good Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Pinot Gris.
Unlike the typical Marlborough or Central Otago, this region has longer autumn hence the longer ripening period. Pinot noir here is almost Morey-st-Denis like (according to Robert Parker). I get wild strawberries, lacy tannins finished with a hint of leather and mushrooms. Very sexy!
Riesling here is like German Kabinett trocken (dry) style. Nice and dry with just a little bit honey note.
Merlot Cabernet was a little easy drinking to my liking. I thought Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon they produced was just nice (partially fermented in oak barrels that gives it a little oaky).
Generally, well-made wines resemblance of old world wine style.
There’s a nice Japanese theme garden outside the winery. Good to enjoy the peaceful garden after all those wines and food.
Highly recommended to visit Pegasus Bay if you are around Christchurch area.
Check out my other post while we tour around NZ to visit all the wine regions like Central Otago.. and more