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 Found Out (DJ Koze Remix) by DJ Koze

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

A new release in December. The single vineyard wine from the home block at Black Estate displaying the hallmark characters of Black Estate Chardonnay - texture, broad suppleness and mineral legnth. 


Netherwood Rose 2014

An accident waiting to happen. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are mixed up in a small corner of the vineyard. We picked red and white together and fermented them as one, skins and all.  The union is bold and complete with spice, texture and freshness.


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.


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


Full-coloured, with a fragrant bouquet of dried herbs, olives and spices, it is softly mouthfilling, sweet-fruited and supple, with a subtle oak influence and rich, cherryish, plummy flavours, savoury and complex. Delicious drinking from mid-2014 onwards.