Mt. Beautiful lies in the heart of North Canterbury, on the South Island of New Zealand. The Kaikoura Seaward Mountains lie to the North, while the Wairau River borders us to the North as well. The vineyard rests under its namesake, Mt. Beautiful. Mt. Beautiful crowns the coastal range to the East, and protects the vineyards from the ocean winds.
Located about an hour and a half north of Christchurch on route 1, Mt. Beautiful Winery is on the Northern fringe of the North Canterbury growing region. Lauded by many critics as New Zealand's most underestimated wine region, it's a place that has begun to get some incredible recognition. "North Canterbury is the centre of 'the finest Pinot Noir' in the southern hemisphere, according to wine critic Matthew Jukes," as quoted in Decanter Magazine.
John Bartlett of the New Zealand Wine Directory notes that "There are many wineries making wine in the region," and “all have their own individual character, as the range of soils and weather varies across North Canterbury. Many of the winemakers in the region are exploring different ways of producing ‘savvy’ and the resultant wines are quite unique and very interesting.”
Mt. Beautiful's wines are a stunning representation of the splendor of the region. The Sauvignon Blanc reaches through the herbaceous spectrum to carry flavors of tropical fruits, the Riesling is ripe with mandarin and citrus, the Pinot Gris is lush and exhibits a creamy mid palate, the Pinot Noir is soft, juicy, and inviting with a hint of cherry, and the Chardonnay is bursting with aromatics of ripe apple and stone fruits while finishing with a clean and crisp flint like minerality.