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

or by appointment

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 I'll Keep it With Mine (Scott Hardkiss Electric Remix) by Dean & Britta

via rdio

Lunch Menu

Wednesday - Sunday

+643 314 6085

or email


For Hire

Throw your party in our tasting room.


Harvest has finished, pruning has begun. Frosty mornings are rolling in and the air is still and quiet (inbetween the odd southerly). We're relaxing after the intense growing season. Read Nicholas' report on the 2014 vintage here.  We close the Tasting Room & Eatery on 19 July and re-open on 20 August. See you soon. 

Current Releases

Chardonnay 2013

Lime, citrus peel, honey and spiced apple, white mineral and hazelnut aroma.  The palate is broad and dense, balanced with fine and crisp minerality. A rich and salivating wine of ripe nectarine, lime, and baked apple. Powerful but delicate. Drink now to 2020


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.


Netherwood Chardonnay 2013

Only 56 cases made from Netherwood - a unique 28 year old vineyard 5km north of Black Estate.  A bouquet of white flowers, grapefruit hazelnut and almond. Supple and broad peach with a sandy fresh line of citrus. Mineral.
A unique and rare wine. Drink now to 2018.


Netherwood Rose 2013

Pale ruby hue with a complex and crisp bouquet of plum, raspberry, tabacco. The palate is medium weight, crisp with refreshing plum stone, cranberry, blood orange flavours and lingering hints of sesame seed and tamarillo.


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 plate 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.


Damsteep Pinot Noir 2012

A complex and exotic bouquet of red and black forest fruits, dark fertile earth, spice and white mineral rock. The pallet is characteristically silken and expansive, with dark fruit and dense concentrated tannin. The wine has delicious  lingering flavour length. Drink now to 2020


A bright, lifted, raspberry-fruited rosé with a fresh, racy, mouthwatering palate. Match with antipasto and canapés over the next 18 months to 2 years.