The Home Vineyard is located 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. The slope is a north facing sedimentary clay fan on a gentle hill side slope. The soils are mainly Awapuni clay loam with calcium carbonate deposits.

The vineyard was planted by the late Russell and Kimiko Black. The Pinot Noir was planted in a 3.8 ha block. Un-grafted predominantly 10-5 clone and were planted in 1994 at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare. The vineyard was irrigated once in 1998.

The Chardonnay grows in the adjacent 3.8ha block. Un-grafted Mendoza Chardonnay vines were planted in 1994 at a vine density of 1841 vines per hectare.

Organic and Biodynamic practices have been used since 2010. Certified with BioGro.


Damsteep Vineyard (formally Spye) is located in the north east of Waipara Valley at the foot of the Omihi Saddle, 10km north of our Home Vineyard. Riesling and Pinot Noir grow here with vine density of more than 5000 vine per hectare.

Pinot Noir is grown on a 5 hectare north east facing slope, with an altitude between 140 to 180 meters above sea level. The vines here were planted in 1999 and grow on clay overlying fractured limestone and sandstone soils.
The Riesling vineyard is 2.2 ha and lies on a north facing slope below the pinot noir. The soil is in very dense brown/ orange clay and inter bedded with sandstones and subordinate limestone horizons.

Organic and Biodynamic practices have been used since 2010. Certified with BioGro.


Planted by Russell Black and Daniel Schuster in 1986 at a vine density of 5000 vines per hectare. Netherwood’s soils are classified as Waipara Greensand which is a green grey richly glauconitic sandstone.

Pinot Noir cuttings were planted here on their own roots and established and farmed without irrigation. The Chardonnay block is 0.8 hectares and was planted in 1986 on a south facing hillside. The vines are mass selection and thought to be cuttings of Mendoza Chardonnay. The vine density should be 5000 vines per hectare but half of them are Pinot Noir so it is hard to tell.

Organic and Biodynamic practices have been used since 2012. Certified with BioGro.


Estate is a
for wine.

3 organic hillside vineyards on clay limestone soils in North Canterbury.

Cellar Door
& Restaurant

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

10am. - 5pm Wed - Sunday

Black Estate

There's Nicholas, he's the winemaker and married to Penelope, who looks after the business & restaurant.  With Pen's parents Rod and Stacey, the family owns Black Estate. Together they grow wine, talk too much about the weather, and fight the good fight.  

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The season's fruit, hanging across our three organic vineyards after a year's work is now picked, fermented and just pressed to barrel. We had perfect weather for picking and harvest was calm and, well quite lovely with a smaller than usual yield due to poor flowering. The quality of the havest is exciting.  Now we and our wine rest...until pruning in June and the wines stirring in spring.

Current Releases

French Farm Pinot Gris 2018

A dry Pinot Gris with basalt crisp acidity and texture. Fruit is sourced from Renan Catiolitti at an organic 30 year old vineyard he leases in French Farm, Banks Peninsula.


Netherwood Pét Nat 2018

A co-ferment of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes growing at  the charming 37 year old Netherwood vineyard. Rich with great depth of flavour and pure fruit. Together and invigorating. No additives. 11% alc.  $37. Limit of six.


Treble Rose 2018

A co-ferment of fruit from our 3 vineyards. Wild strawberry compote, rhubarb, sandstone and cinnamon on the nose.  The pallet is bright, juicy and long with salivating tamarillo, red currant jelly, vine cuttings, liquorice, and spring water.



Damsteep Riesling 2017

Aromas of pink peppercorn, kaffir lime leaf, white blossom and wild honey. The palate is dense with salivating white rock minerals. Dry and invigorating. Drink now to 2025.


Home Chardonnay 2017

Just released and showing all the hallmarks of our 25 year old Home Vineyard. Vines growing in clay & limestone soils give lovely density and weight to this wine which is balanced with a saline mineral line that keeps it cool.  Drink now until 2028.


Damsteep Pinot Noir 2016

Spicy, deep silky fruit on the nose. Savoury chalky tannins which are firm and harmonious with the mineral tension of the wine. Limestone. Deep raspberry compote, sandalwood and sichuan pepper. Drink now to 2025.


Netherwood Pinot Noir 2016

Vibrant red cherry, damson jam, sandalwood aromas with hints of fertile earth. Lush and silken red fruit, with structured mid palate tannin from fruit. Fruit, dense complex tannin and gentle but bright minerality. Drink now to 2026.


This is a sweet and lusciously fruited, bright Pinot Noir with dark cherry and raspberry fruit, lifted floral and herb notes on a vibrant palate with fine tannins.