Waipara has recently been granted separate appellation status by the New Zealand Wine Institute because of its very special mesoclimate.
The climate is typified by hot dry summers and long sunny autumns leading to the production of intensely flavoured ripe grapes.
Several soil types are found in the area- Muddy Water has loam over calcarious clay on limestone bedrock.
The company is family owned and headed by Michael and Jane East with the philosophy that only premium wines will be produced.
All the wine is of reserve standard due to very low cropping levels and intense canopy management. All the grapes are hand picked and estate grown. Careful extraction of the juice follows, with fastidious attention to detail during the whole of the vinification process. View all Muddy Water Wines
About Waipara ValleyView a map of Waipara Valley wineries (wie-PAHR-ah)
About an hour north of Christchurch, the region of Waipara is a more recent development in the already short wine history of New Zealand. Between the city of Christchurch and Marlborough, Waipara claims a similar climate to Marlborough due to the mountainous protection from easterly winds.