Pegasus Bay | Waipara

Arial phot of the Pegasus Bay winery in Canterbury, New Zealand

Pegasus Bay is Canterbury’s top winery and can challenge – even match – the very best from elsewhere. In 1985, Ivan Donaldson established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard with wife, Christine and their four sons in the Waipara Valley, initially converting the home’s garage into a winery.

The story to be told here is one of Riesling and Pinot Noir – their two flagship varieties. The Sauvignon Blanc is also something to write home about, made in the more traditional French style, with Semillon blended in. Pegasus Bay has been rated as one of New Zealand’s top five producers by influential US critic Robert Parker and named Canterbury’s top fine wine producer by well-known NZ wine writer, Michael Cooper.

This really is a family affair – three of their four sons work in the business; Matthew runs winemaking, Paul is the General Manager, Edward the Marketing Manager. Edward’s wife Belinda runs the outstanding restaurant.