Estate is a
for wine.

3 hillside vineyards on clay limestone soils in the Waipara Valley, N. Canterbury.

Tasting Room
& Eatery

614 Omihi Road
Waipara Valley
New Zealand
+64 3 314 6085
or email



Black Estate

There's Nicholas, he's the winemaker and married to Penelope, who looks after the business. Penelope's twin sister, Jo, helps on the sales front. With their parents Rod and Stacey, the family owns Black Estate. Together they grow wine, talk about the weather and fight the good fight.

The Tasting Room & Eatery

Listening to Blue Again by Vondelpark

via rdio

Lunch Menu

Wednesday - Sunday.

+643 314 6085

or email


For Hire

Throw your party in our tasting room.


It's a hot summer - which is good, beacuse spring was cool.   The canopy has caught up and is now trimmed, and fruit is developing flavour. 

Current Releases

Chardonnay 2014

Aromas of oyster shell, nectarine, honey suckle, cashew and hazelnut. Dense with a presence of clay soils and salivating minerality that is typical of the Home Vineyard. White rock, lime, grapefruit and brioche persist and linger. Drink now to 2022. 


Chenin Blanc 2014

Aromas of white peach, apricot, wax and lanolin with underling roasted fennel seed and saffron broth. On the pallet the wine is initially soft and rich with building underling phenolic structure. The acidity is gentle and lingerie - salivating stuff. Drink now to 2020


Netherwood Rose 2014

An accident waiting to happen - picked from our Pinot Noir & Chardonnay vines, mixed up in a corner in our Nethwerood vineyard. Red current, star anise, cinnamon, and fresh air-dried linen on the nose, bright cranberry, strawberry and rhubarb flavours, with a saline and rocklike mineral line. Fresh, complex, and delicious, this is a unique wine from a very unique vineyard. Drink now to 2018 


Riesling 2013

Lime, ginger, lemon grass, white florals, and grapefruit with hints of wet white rock on the nose. Dense, and textural in the mouth, with lime, grapefruit, nectarine, almond and honey characters. The underlying acidity lengthens the pallet weight freshening with chalky minerality. Dry. Drink now to 2020.


Damsteep Pinot Noir 2013

Aromas of red currant jelly, violets, freshly tilled earth. Expansive palate with silken fruit and underlying savory tannin. Fine white rock minerality runs through giving lingering flavour and length. Drink now to 2022 


Pinot Noir 2012

Red cherry, tamarillo, fertile earth, and vanilla on the nose, with underlying spice and mineral notes. Fine tannin provides tension and the palate is silken and full.  There's a persistant mineral line that lingers allowing time to explore and contemplate the subtle and elegant nature of the wine.


Already quite expressive, the bright, light yellow 2013 vintage is fleshy and dryish, with strong, citrusy, faintly honeyed flavours, fresh, lively acidity and a slightly spicy finish. Drink now or cellar.