Dallington Downs Vineyard Estate

Location Description

Located in Church Road, in the beautiful Waipara Valley.


  • Award winning wine.

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Trev had a dream… to get back onto the land… after a successful business career he set about making his dream a reality. He purchased a block of land in the beautiful Waipara Valley and started creating a vineyard that would benefit the coming generation of ‘Buntings’ – Dallington Downs Vineyard Estate.

Planting commenced in October 2004. On a hot, still Waipara day the Bunting Family started planting the first blocks of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Practices & Techniques

All fruit for this wine is sourced from Dallington Downs Estate. Dallington Downs Pinot Noir is made from handpicked grapes, allowed to cool prior to processing. The wine displays firm and intensely concentrated bouquet of well ripened berry fruits, notes of spices and cedar and earthy chocolate nuances. The fruit for this wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Dallington Downs Vineyard Estate is located in Church Road, in the beautiful Waipara Valley, 60 kms north of Christchurch City in the South Island of New Zealand. Our vineyard is nestled on the valley floor, on heavy clay-limestone deposits left here by ancient glaciations, thousands of years in the formation and largely untouched by human exploitation until the Maori migration (approx. 950 AD) arrived by canoe from the Pacific/Asian regions.

Waipara is a popular wine destination, strategically placed at latitude 45 degrees south, where the valley enjoys high sunshine hours and mild temperate conditions. Flanked on the west by the Torlesse Mountains and in the east by the Tevoit range this valley is well suited for intensive viticulture, as the cold easterly trade winds blowing off the cool Pacific Ocean, are blocked by the majestic and rugged Teviot Hills. The soils are also ideally suited to viticulture as they vary right across the board from concentrated limestone to Glasnevin gravels to loamy patches on clay and shingle. Waipara Valley is now one of the fastest expanding viticulture areas in New Zealand, with many big wine producers owning large acreages within the valley.


18/20 - 4 STARS Raymond Chan, World Wine Writer/Expert Taster, Wellington.

“CONSUMERS CHOICE” TizWine.Com, Auckland.

SILVER AWARD - 2013 Canterbury Wine Awards (Food Match), (CWA), Christchurch.

GOLD MEDAL, 2012 International Wine Show, (IWS) Auckland.

BRONZE MEDAL, 2012 Canterbury Wine Awards (Food Match), (CWA), Christchurch.

BRONZE MEDAL, 2012 Amberley A&P Show, Amberley.

4 STARS & “CONSUMERS CHOICE” TizWine.Com, Auckland.

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162 Church Road, Waipara
Waipara, Amberley 7483
New Zealand

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