by Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Friday 23 November 2012

Black Estate is a little slice of heaven nestled on the slopes of the Waipara Valley, about a 45 minute drive from Christchurch. The family owned and run vineyard combines the kind of service you can only get at a family business, with some serious style; the sleek, minimalist barn with an entirely black colour scheme both inside and out has won a number of architecture acclaims.

All the food is locally sourced and organic, and with a seasonal menu, there’s always something new to try. There’s plenty of delectable wines to sample, and if you’re an espresso junkie like me, be sure to ask for a cup of their drip brewed coffee. Their Chemex brewing method uses an eco-friendly hourglass shaped flask that allows a fuller flavour from their roasted Mexican beans. Yum!

Black Estate Vineyard in the Waipara Valley

Black Estate Vineyard in the Waipara Valley

Black Estate Vineyard in the Waipara Valley

Black Estate Vineyard in the Waipara Valley

Black Estate Vineyard in the Waipara Valley

Black Estate Vineyard in the Waipara Valley