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 (from noon for restaurant) Wed-Sun.

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.

Tasting Room & Restaurant

Autumn Menu

10am - 5pm
(from noon for restaurant)
+643 314 6085
or email


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The best spring in North Canterbury for some time meant our canopies were well established, strong and dark green.  Hot weather has bought veraison forward.  The nets are going on to keep thirsty birds out. 

Current Releases

Circuit Chardonnay 2016

From Glasnevin gravel soils in the heart of Waipara Valley. Aromas of grapefruit, apricot, lemon zest, hazelnut and subtle struck match. The pallet has a fine river stone minerality that carries flavours of blood orange, brioche, nectarine and sandalwood. Fresh, complex, and invigorating. Drink now to 2022. 



Home Chardonnay 2016

Slight haze indicating unfiltered wine. Aromas of white peach, nectarine, blood orange, oatmeal, subtle hazelnut, white rock minerals. Mealy, slight wax and underlying salty minerality that lingers and persists. Evenly balanced dense yet luminous wine.  Use your decanter. 


Home Rose 2016

Four varieties grown at the Home Vineyard and co-fermented to make a refreshing whole. Aromas of strawberry fool, rhubarb, nutmeg, oatmeal, vine blossom and liquorice. The pallet has bright, fine and long with salivating tamarillo, parsley, chalk, and spring water. Bold, unique. 


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. 


Circuit Pinot Noir 2014

A blend of our 3 organic vineyards. Aromas of rich forest fruit, raspberry with sandalwood, spice, and freshly tilled earth. Cozy! Supple berry fruits flow across the palate and are met with supportive underlying earthy tannin. A fresh chalky finish. 



Damsteep Pinot Noir 2014

Red flowers of rose, damson plum and sweet ripe raspberry and cherry, mineral tones and soft fragrant wood spices. On the palate - youthful, dry, fruity, soft dried herb and loaded with mineral messages; lovely balance and finish. Cameron Douglas MS. 


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.