Cuisine Wine

CharRees Vineyard

Look for the big maroon sign on Laings Rd, just off SH1 on the southern edge of Ashburton, and you’ll see the 9000-vine vineyard surrounded by trees. The cellar door is located near the family home and next to the small but perfectly formed winery.

Things To Know
You’d think having his own milk-delivery business for the last 38 years would keep Charles Hill busy enough, but back in 2007 he and wife Esma Hill decided to give winemaking a go too. The vineyard they purchased was originally planted in 1999 with pinot noir and pinot gris. Riesling was planted in 2008. The name “CharRees” is derived from the Christian names of both Charles and Esma, and their daughters Charlotte and Sheree. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic, or they’re happy to prepare food for larger groups if given notice.

Our Pick
The CharRees Pinot Noir is supple, smooth and has a lift of dried herb and spice.