Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay

History

Established and involved with winemaking since the early 1970’s’ the Donaldson family are pioneers of local winemaking and grape growing. Pegasus Bay Winery is located approximately 40 minutes north of Christchurch in the Waipara Valley. The location gives it protection from the cold Pacific winds and means that the warm days, cool nights and dry autumns allow for prolonged ripening of the grapes which, in turn, results in intense flavours from optimally ripened fruit. This is helped by large smooth stones and gravel retaining heat from the day (a little like the pudding stones of Beaujolais).

The large, well trained workforce at the winery means that vine care, pruning, and fruit selection can be done by hand and with meticulous care and attention to detail. This result’s in only the finest fruit of the optimum ripeness goes into the wines at Pegasus Bay.

Pegasus Bay is very much a family affair with the whole family being involved on one level or another. Ivan Donaldson oversees what wine styles are adopted and the overall winemaking processes. He certainly knows his grapes – he is also a wine judge and writer. Christine Donaldson looks after the grounds of the vineyards but also has a passion for the opera and is heavily involved in the opera scene in Canterbury. Their eldest son, Matthew Donaldson is the winemaker having obtained a degree in oenology and a post grad in viticulture. Edward Donaldson is the Marketing Manager while youngest son Paul is the General Manager.

Location

Stockgrove Rd, Waipara

RD 2 Amberley 7482

North Canterbury

New Zealand

Ownership

The Donaldson family

Interesting Facts

The Pegasus Bay Reserve wines all have an opera link as Christine Donaldson has a passion for all things operatic. They even host operas in the vineyard’s natural amphitheatre.

    • 2018
    • 750ml
    • White
    • 13.5%
    • Chardonnay
    • Chardonnay
    • Pegasus Bay
    • Waipara Valley
    • New Zealand
    Vintage
    2018
    Size
    750ml
    Type
    White
    Alcohol
    13.5%
    Varietal
    Chardonnay
    Grapes
    Chardonnay
    Winery
    Pegasus Bay
    Region
    Waipara Valley
    Country
    New Zealand
      • 2018
      • 750ml
      • Red
      • 13.5%
      • Pinot Noir
      • Pinot Noir
      • Pegasus Bay
      • Waipara Valley
      • New Zealand
      Vintage
      2018
      Size
      750ml
      Type
      Red
      Alcohol
      13.5%
      Varietal
      Pinot Noir
      Grapes
      Pinot Noir
      Winery
      Pegasus Bay
      Region
      Waipara Valley
      Country
      New Zealand
        • 2016
        • 750ml
        • White
        • 13%
        • Riesling
        • Riesling
        • Pegasus Bay
        • Waipara Valley
        • New Zealand
        Vintage
        2016
        Size
        750ml
        Type
        White
        Alcohol
        13%
        Varietal
        Riesling
        Grapes
        Riesling
        Winery
        Pegasus Bay
        Region
        Waipara Valley
        Country
        New Zealand
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