Waipara West Owner: Paul Tutton

376 Ram Paddock Road, Amberley RD 2, 7482 North Canterbury
New Zealand
Telephone +64 3 3148699
Fax +64 3 3148692

This company is co-exhibitor of
New Zealand Winegrowers

Hall map

ProWein 2018 hall map (Hall 9): stand E36

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ProWein 2018 fairground map: Hall 9

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.06  OCEANIA
  • 01.06.02  New Zealand
  •  Waipara

Our products

Product category: Waipara


From three separate blocks with varying soil characteristics, all within our farm. Pale straw yellow with green hues, aromatics of passionfruit, elderflower but elegant with great length.

12.5% Alc/Vol.

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Product category: Waipara


A blend of grapes from two blocks with different characteristics, one low yielding giving concentrated citrus fruit, the other more vigorous and lush. The wine shows delicate flowers, lemon blossom, lime and strong minerality. Refreshingly dry with some lees influence and great acidity.

12% Alc/Vol.

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Product category: Waipara


Grapes from Hell Block, a gravel terrace along the Waipara River, hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Very floral with citrus fruit, lavender, red apple and rose. Significant residual sugar but the acidity keeps the palate balanced with a long mineral finish.

10% Alc/Vol.

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About us

Company details

Waipara West is the trading and brand name of Tutton Sienko Hill, a family partnership of Paul Tutton, Olga Sienko, Vic Tutton and Lindsay Hill.

We purchased Waipara West in 1989 knowing that, although it was an unsuccessful rabbit infested, sheep farm, it had a combination of factors suitable for the production of quality grapes. Being further inland and higher than existing Waipara vineyards, it was hotter and less frost prone due to natural air movement caused by the river and the sloping terraces. Only then did we realise that the farm had been previously owned by our family some hundred years before.

Waipara West, a geographically correct name but actually called after our weather station, is situated on sunny stony north facing terraces along the Waipara River some seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and nestling in the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Waipara, a recognised viticultural region in North Canterbury, is situated 60km north of Christchurch in the South Island. Vines were first planted in the district in 1981, although commercial winemaking really only started in 1990. Waipara has many natural advantages for grape production with its long, dry warm summers, sheltered from cold easterly winds by a range of coastal hills but exposed to hot nor’west winds which help control disease. Drought risk is mitigated by irrigation and the long, dry autumns coupled to good diurnal variance, help provide phenolic ripeness and complexity.

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