Opihi Vineyard

Award winning wines from a New Zealand vineyard, for you to taste and enjoy.

A truly boutique wine business, the vineyard is located 30km inland from Timaru in South Canterbury New Zealand. The Opihi label has gained awards at many major wine shows, and has also been recommended by Wine State and Cusine magazines.

Opihi Wine is a limited edition wine and there is a unique taste of South Canterbury in every glass.

Opihi Vineyard now protects trees on their property, especially those around the Opihi Vineyard Café and supports conservation efforts by DOC and Royal Forest and Bird. The Opihi District is home to the rare long-tailed bat and you may be lucky enough to see these ‘little fellas’ at dusk, swooping against the last light of day.

Our Vineyard

The vineyard was established in 1991 on warm north facing slopes located in the Opihi district area, 30 km inland from Timaru.

The altitude is 150 m above sea level and the average annual rainfall is 600mm. The soil type is Timaru silt loam to a depth of 20 cm on top of a heavy clay base. At latitude 44° South, this is a cool climate area with autumn weather being typically lovely warm days and cool nights.

The first block, 3.5 hectares, was planted out in Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir (10/5), Chardonnay and Muller Thurgau. An area of Merlot was also trialled has since being replaced with Riesling.

The vines are planted 1.5m apart in rows spaced at 3m. They are cane pruned by hand. Trickle irrigation was installed when the vineyard was setup but because the subsoil is clay the need for water is reduced.

In 2001/02 a further two hectares at the Vineyard Café were developed. The top soil in this particular site overlies a base of limestone so Pinot Noir was planted. The clones planted are 13, 114, 115, 667, and 777.

Shoot thinning, leaf plucking and bunch thinning are all carried out to control yields which are purposely kept low so that the fruit can ripen as fully as possible. Selective hand picking during April and May guarantees that only the best grapes are harvested and ensures that the fruit remains in excellent condition during transport to the Winery.

From 2002 the wines have been sealed with screw caps to further ensure that the premium quality remains.


Nestled in the South Canterbury countryside, with views to the mountains, its' Historic Clifton Cottage, home to the Opihi Vineyard Cafe. Visitors to the café enjoy a range of delicious and interesting dishes to tempt the most discerning palate.

Allan & Jane Hunter invite you to spend some time at the Opihi Vineyard Café. You’ll be made welcome, whether for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, or for a long leisurely lunch followed by a game of petanque. Nestled in the South Canterbury countryside, the historic area provides views out to the mountains. The café has a range of delicious and interesting dishes to tempt the most discerning palate. Our award-winning wines complement the menu, for your enjoyment in the most relaxing atmosphere imaginable.

172 Gould Road

P: +64 3 614 7232
F: +64 3 614 7234

CONTACT: Colin Lyon