WAITAKI VALLEY, NORTH OTAGO
The beautiful Waitaki Valley in North Otago is the latest New Zealand wine region that has wine experts excited. The first vineyards in this South Island region were developed in 2000. Our Q vineyard was one of the first.
The Waitaki Valley lies about halfway between Alexandra and Timaru, at the boundary between Canterbury and Otago. This area is characterised by gorgeous valleys formed by braided rivers and glacial lakes.
Waitaki Valley is one of the coolest places in New Zealand to grow grapes – windy, with a dry, semi-maritime climate. The coast been 65km away. The growing degree days falls between that of Gibbston Valley and Cromwell in nearby Central Otago. This long growing season imparts exceptional flavours to the grapes.
WAITAKI SOILS EXCELLENT FOR WINE-GROWING
The other, vital, factor, is the soil. Waitaki Valley has what has been hailed as some of the best grape growing soils in New Zealand – limestone rich soils with an overlay of alluvial silts.
Given the similarities between Waitaki Valley and the famous French region of Burgundy, it should come as no surprise that fabulous Pinot Noir is produced. Waitaki Valley wines are distinguished by their fragrant aromatics, distinctive minerality and complex fruit flavours, followed by a notably long finish.