There’s a lot to be said for tradition. Just ask Kirk Bray of Georges Road Wines. Having excelled in his viticultural studies and immersed himself in the finest winemaking traditions across the globe, Kirk brought his expertise home to Waipara and set about establishing a tradition of his very own.

Q&A with Kirk Bray from George’s Road

Why North Canterbury? I’m from Christchurch and back in the late ‘90s when I was studying winemaking, Waipara was even smaller in size than now but with obvious potential. During my 2.5 years winemaking in Germany, I became fascinated by the large number of small family owned wineries that dominated the quality wine scene, where quality was prized above quantity and where the owners were also the winemakers who made their wines without compromise and to suit their own philosophies first. I wanted to bring this back to New Zealand and, having seen its potential, Waipara was the obvious choice for me.

What’s your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? Apart from wine tasting? Getting away with the family to any of the many spectacular and out of the way places in the area.

Name your top three North Canterbury brands (other than your own!). Terrace Edge, The Bone Line, Bellbird Spring: family owned, quality wines and where the owners are getting their hands dirty!

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