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The Unique wine regions
of New Zealand: North Canterbury

The terroir of Waipara, New Zealand, plays a crucial role in shaping the unique characteristics of wines produced in this region. Terroir encompasses various natural factors, including climate, soil, topography, and human influences, that collectively influence grape development and wine expression.


Waipara is located in the north of the Canterbury Plains, approximately 30 kilometers north of Christchurch. It is part of the larger Canterbury wine region.
The region is characterized by undulating hills and valleys, creating a varied topography. The hills provide natural drainage for vineyards and contribute to the diversity of microclimates within the area.


The climate in Waipara is classified as a cool, maritime climate, which is favorable for grape growing, especially for varieties like Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Waipara experiences cool temperatures, particularly during the growing season. The cool climate contributes to the retention of acidity in grapes, which is crucial for the production of high-quality wines.


One of the most well-known soil types in Waipara is the Glenmark Gravels. This soil is characterized by a mix of gravel and limestone, providing excellent drainage for vine roots. The free-draining nature of the Glenmark Gravels is particularly beneficial for grapevines, as it helps control water levels and promotes the concentration of flavors in the grapes.


Pinot Noir,Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are widely recognized as some of the flagship varieties of Waipara. The region's cool climate and diverse soils, including the Glenmark Gravels, contribute to the production of expressive and complex Pinot Noir,Rieslings and Pinot Gris wines. These wines often display red fruit flavors, vibrant acidity, and a distinct mineral character.


Waipara Pinot Noir often exhibits red fruit flavors such as cherry and raspberry, along with subtle earthy notes. Aromas can include a mix of red berries, floral notes, and sometimes a hint of spice. The wines typically have a balanced acidity, fine tannins, and a medium-bodied structure.


Winemaking practices in the Waipara region of New Zealand share commonalities with those in other parts of the country, but each winery may have its unique approach.

Sustainable and Organic Viticulture:

Gumbo family adhere to sustainable or organic viticulture practices. This includes environmentally friendly methods such as reduced pesticide use, cover cropping, and biodiversity initiatives.

The Timeline

The timeline story about
Gumbo Family Wines

Gumbo Family arrived in New Zealand
A collaboration with Good Family began
First wine with Gumbo name hits the New Zealand shelfs
Gumbo Pinot Gris was launched
Gumbo Pinot Noir was made
Three wines under Gumbo were in the market
Exports into Asia markets
Gumbo Family launched a second Wine brand
Galina Wines launched to market
Meet the family

We are the
family behind the magic

The Gumbo family's journey began in 2015 when they made the life-changing decision to immigrate from Zimbabwe to New Zealand. Faced with challenges and uncertainties in their homeland, the family sought new opportunities and a fresh start in a country known for its welcoming atmosphere and diverse landscapes. Upon arriving in New Zealand, the Gumbo family immersed themselves in the local culture and community. They embraced the Kiwi way of life and discovered a passion for the country's flourishing wine industry. Inspired by the picturesque vineyards and the warmth of the New Zealand people, the Gumbo family envisioned a future in winemaking. Driven by their shared dream, the Gumbo family embarked on a journey of learning and exploration. They gained valuable knowledge about viticulture and winemaking, leveraging the expertise of local vintners and wine enthusiasts. With determination and dedication, they established their own vineyards in a prime wine-producing region of New Zealand. In 2018, the Gumbo family officially launched Gumbo Family Wines, a boutique winery specializing in crafting a diverse range of high-quality wines. Drawing on the rich terroir of New Zealand and their own unique experiences, the family cultivated grapes that would form the foundation of their distinctive wine offerings. Gumbo Family Wines quickly gained recognition for its commitment to excellence and the family's genuine passion for winemaking. From Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir, each bottle reflects the family's dedication to producing wines that capture the essence of New Zealand's terroir while honoring their Zimbabwean roots. Over the years, Gumbo Family Wines has become a beloved brand, celebrated not only for its exceptional wines but also for the story behind the label. The family's journey from Zimbabwe to New Zealand is woven into the fabric of their winemaking, creating a unique narrative that resonates with wine enthusiasts around the world. Today, the Gumbo family continues to grow their vineyards, innovate in winemaking, and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of New Zealand's wine industry. Gumbo Family Wines stands as a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and the pursuit of a dream in a new land.

Cashias Gumbo

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The most awarded and
best selling wines of the house

Gumbo Family Wines has become synonymous with excellence in the New Zealand wine industry, earning numerous accolades and prestigious awards for their exceptional vintages. Since its inception in 2018, the family's commitment to crafting high-quality wines has not gone unnoticed, with their distinct blends consistently impressing both critics and connoisseurs alike. The winery has received recognition for its diverse range of wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Gumbo Family Wines has been honored with awards for its meticulous winemaking process, dedication to sustainable viticulture, and the unique flavor profiles that showcase the rich terroir of New Zealand. Whether it's the crisp and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc or the nuanced and elegant Pinot Noir, each bottle from Gumbo Family Wines reflects the family's passion, expertise, and the fusion of their Zimbabwean heritage with the beauty of New Zealand's vineyards. These award-winning wines have not only gained acclaim within the country but have also made a mark on the international stage, contributing to the winery's reputation as a symbol of quality and innovation. The success of Gumbo Family Wines serves as a testament to the family's unwavering commitment to producing wines that not only meet but exceed industry standards. Their award-winning collection stands as a proud representation of the family's journey, from Zimbabwe to New Zealand, and their dedication to creating memorable and exceptional wine experiences.


Wine reviews and kind words from
our customers and wine critics

Pinot Noir that whispers of sunlit vineyards and a Sauvignon Blanc that sparkles with the freshness of Waipara's cool embrace, inviting you to savor the essence of family, heritage, and a journey that transcends borders in every exquisite sip.

Sam Tredient Author at Wine Truth

A great benchmark for NZ pinot noir.

Lisa Arnold Winemaker

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