Raincoats, Swanndris, Gummies and a whole lot of enthusiasm. That was this year’s edition of the Waipara Valley Wine and Food Festival.

Amongst the oaks and under a few drops of rain, some thousands of keen Cantabrians were distracted by the local wines, produce and entertainment.

It’s an event that has locals excited every year – here are our highlights.

Wine, wine and more wine
It’s an overload of succulent local produce, and it’s brilliant. This is one place where there is no shortage. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc... Rose? Take your pick, the selection is there and you can’t go wrong.

Local deliciousness
Free range chicken, pastries, creamy gourmet ice-cream, dumplings or a juicy venison burger – it’s no surprise the rain wasn’t putting anyone off. The fresh, local creations hits the taste buds.

Music under the oaks
Bands from across the region brought the Glenmark domain to life. The Musicians' Corner with jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter vibes were a hit in the park and included Flip Grater, The Goldonies, The Swan Sisters, Lil Chuck and more.

Be sure to catch it in 2018! You don’t want to miss out.

A list of our famous Waipara wines:

  • Alan McCorkindale
  • Ataahua Wines
  • Black Estate
  • Cook Vintners
  • Brew Moon Brewery
  • Dallington Downs
  • Fancrest Estate
  • George's Road Wines
  • Greystone Wines
  • Harris Estate
  • Main Divide
  • Melton Estate
  • Mon Cheval Wines
  • Mt. Beautiful Wines
  • Mount Brown Estates
  • Muddy Water
  • Omarino Wine Park
  • Pegasus Bay
  • Sherwood Estate Wines
  • Silver Wing Wines
  • Terrace Edge
  • The 3rd Man
  • The Boneline
  • The Crater Rim
  • The Old Glenmark Vicarage
  • The Winemaker's Wife
  • Tongue in Groove
  • Torlesse Wines
  • Waipara Hills
  • Waipara River Estate
  • Waipara Springs