“Imagine if you found the perfect soil, climate and environment to grow wine, but no-one had ever planted there before? If your passion was wine and North Canterbury (your turangawaewae) you would pursue to combine the two and capture it in a glass. This passion inspires us to farm organically and ferment wild to truly express our land.”Nick Gill, Founding Viticulturist
Silver Wing are dedicated to using natural/traditional wine production methods, producing top wines from premium Waipara valley fruit.Hand picked grapes, wild ferments, battonage, plenty of skin contact and inspiration from the Canterbury coastline, Silver Wing is a hand crafted wine range from Waipara.
Andrew Fox studied wine making at EIT, worked in wineries in Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, and North Canterbury with production experience in Navarra, Spain.
After several vintages working, making wine for other companies, in 2010 Andrew made arrangements with some top Waipara growers for fruit and an award winning Mackenzies RD winery to lease space.
With the conversion of two 1200 litre beer tanks, the purchase of two vats and a dozen barrels, it was all on and he began making wine for his own label, Silver Wing Wines.
Our StoryAfter years of wine tasting here and around the world we decided that we needed to follow our passion to the next level by having our own vineyard. We chose Waipara because of the quality of the Pinot Noir and Riesling that was being produced there. Although small in area it was identified as being capable of becoming a premier, if not the premier producer of quality wines in New Zealand.Our 2.2 hectare vineyard, at the entrance to Weka Pass in North Canterbury, is planted with Pinot Noir and a small amount of Riesling. In keeping with this highly regarded region, our ambition is to create outstanding wine that simply reflects and preserves the terroir and flavours of our unique site.
We sense we are stewards of a process. From tending the vineyard and handpicking grapes, to bottling our wine unfiltered and unfined, we take great care every step of the way.