New Zealand's newest and coldest wine region, the Waitaki is a beautiful hidden valley close to the Pacific Coast in the south of the South Island.  The climate is maritime at the lower reaches and becomes semi-continental and more arid further inland.  Primarily known for its plantings on limestone, the valley also has older banded mudstone and sandstone further inland, and these soils show promise for aromatic varieties.  The limestone sites are generally planted with Pinot noir or aromatics, and more Chardonnay plantings are in progress.

 

For more information see www.nzwine.com/regions/canterbury-waipara-valley/ and www.visitoamaru.co.nz/visit/waitaki-valley.aspx.