Established on the slopes of the Teviotdale Hills in the Waipara Valley, Greystone was purchased by the Thomas Family in 2000. Originally an old sheep farm, they were drawn to this particular location in Omihi because of the amazing rolling limestone hills.
Those who visit Greystone are treated to award-winning wines and an exceptional menu built with ingredients foraged from throughout North Canterbury. Known for its handcrafted, organic and natural ferments, every step of Greystone’s winemaking process is completed onsite. This must-visit winery was one of the first wineries to succeed with natural ferments as well as the first to ferment Pinot Noir in the vineyard.
In addition to opening their sleek new cellar door in early 2020 the talented Greystone team has also recently launched a Pétillant Naturel and new label to boot. Pet Nat, as it’s often called, is an ancient method of making sparkling wine where the wine is bottled before completing its first fermentation.
It’s highly recommended that guests book in for the full experience at Greystone’s new restaurant, which is led by Mel Wright. Mel is one of a few licensed foragers in New Zealand and the dining experience here is truly exceptional. Dishes change with the seasons and you can expect Mel to incorporate all elements of her environment. If you’re not super hungry, there’s also the option to taste wines alongside a selection of delicious cheeses. Either way, you really can’t go wrong.
For one of the most unique Waipara experiences, look no further than Greystone. Quality wine, food and people merge to provide visitors both new and old with a phenomenal experience. Whether you’ve lived in Canterbury all your life or are just visiting for a few days, make sure to add Greystone to your list. You won’t be disappointed.
Why North Canterbury? North Canterbury is unique in the world for growing grapes. Where we are we have the shelter from the easterly by the Teviotdale hills. Our bedrock is limestone that has been pushed by tectonic movement – perfect for growing Pinot Noir. The Norwest winds reduce disease pressure so we can grow organically – what’s not to like about this area!
What is your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? There are so many fantastic outdoor things to do – maybe walking through the Waipara Gorge or going fishing for Kahawai and Salmon at the mouth of the Hurunui.
Name your top three North Canterbury brands (apart from your own!): I think three smaller more natural wine brands you should look out for are Ekleipsis, Hermit Ram and Bryter Layter. They’re all making really interesting and amazing stuff in tiny quantities.