Bentwood vineyard is couched in a western valley of Banks Peninsula in Canterbury New Zealand. It has a favourable microclimate that benefits viticulture. It shares the general climatic characteristics of the Canterbury winegrowing region but excels at the ones that make truly fine wine. The valley enjoys the best of everything a vineyard should have: clean soils, clean water, clean sunlight and clean air.
Bentwood Wines was established by the Watson family in 1992 after they had spent a year in Bordeaux to experience life around grape growing and wine making. They came back to Canterbury not to transplant or mimic European or other New Zealand regions, but rather to adapt their new found knowledge in ways that benefit the unique attributes of the north facing Banks Peninsula slopes.
Wine maker Grant Whelan of Kaituna Valley has been responsible for making some truly remarkable award winning wines over the past decade, with plenty more to come!
Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
Ray and Helen invite you to come and stay at our Vineyard Bed and Breakfast.
The house sits on a gently rising slope facing north, and overlooks one of the vineyard blocks. Three different sunny balcony areas offer picturesque views of the surrounding Port Hills, and from one, you can watch the sun set over the southern alps, while enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day.
The open plan style of the kitchen, dining and entertainment areas create space and allow for great interaction with our guests, but for those who wish for peace and quiet, the library room is the place to be.
Our large ground floor master guest room includes a queen size bed, ensuite with toilet and separate bath and shower, writing desk and a sliding door opening on to a small private balcony.