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 the Waipara, N. Canterbury.

Tasting Room
& Restaurant

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

10am - 5pm

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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Our spring and summer provided the ideal growing conditions - intermittant (and much needed) rain and warm sunshine. We have been weeding all season and shoot thinning a very healthy canopy. Now we drop fruit in some blocks to ensure we get the best expression out of a good yield. Nets are going on. Harvest is estimated for the middle of March. Certified organic with BioGro (no. 5202). 

Current Releases

Home Young Vines Chardonnay 2017

Fresh and flinty aromas of lime, hazelnut and a hint of vanilla. The palate is bright with nettle, white peach, and melon. Flavours of raw almond, wet stone and oyster shell. Pure, lively with some hallmark weight from this clay site.


Netherwood Pét Nat 2017

A co-ferment of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that grow together in one block at our oldest hillside vineyard, Netherwood. An ancient way of making fizz -  light tangerine in colour, effervescent, ripe strawberry, orange pith and cranberry on the pallet.  Crunchy and cool like Netherwood.



Damsteep Riesling 2016

From our Damsteep Vineyard. Dry, rich with natural balance and comforting weight. Salivating minerality persists. 


Home Cabernet Franc 2016

Vibrant aromas of black current, blueberry, black tea leaf, tomato leaf & red pepper. Juicy,  dark forest fruits, blackberry and black boy peach give way to supple clay derived tannins. A salty mineral finish, typical of the Home Vineyard. Un-fined and unfiltered. Use your decanter.


Home Chenin Blanc 2016

Aromas of pear, lemon zest, quince, lanolin and dry hay. Dense, full and structural, with soft fruit and lacy acidity. An impression of clay with spice, baked apple and a honey suckle finish. Lush, luminous Home Chenin Blanc. Unfined and unfiltered. Use your decanter. 



Damsteep Pinot Noir 2015

Crushed raspberry, red currant jelly, sandstone and white rock on the nose. Silken, rich and expansive across the palate with savory underlying tannin giving tension and power.  Drink now until 2026.


Home Pinot Noir 2015

Red and black forest fruit, with black current and raspberry, wild rose and subtle fresh spice. Berry fruits are rich and broad, sensual and luscious with underlying savoury earth and gentle but persistent minerality. 


Netherwood Pinot Noir 2014

Earth, cherries, tamarillo, spice, licorice, ash and red roses on the nose. The wine is dense with  rich forest fruits, red cherries, roses and damson plum. Supple and billowing with a vibrant sandstone line. Salivating. Drink until 2026.


Moody, earthy, spicy and complex, the bouquet shows red cherry, violet, earth, game and dried herb characters. It is vibrant and juicy ... and delivers elegant mouthfeel and excellent mid palate weight, beautifully structured by crisp acidity and polished tannins. This is engaging and stylish with rich savoury undertones. 96 points.