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Handcrafting Nature: Pyramid Valley’s ‘Appellation’ Wines


Located in North Canterbury, on New Zealand’s South Island, Pyramid Valley was established in 2000 by Mike and Claudia Weersing. The winery quickly developed a reputation for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines of remarkable quality using minimal intervention winemaking.

Fast-forward to 2017, when Steve Smith MW, a giant in the New Zealand wine scene, and Brian Sheth, an American businessman, realised their long-held vision of creating a wine dream together. Steve and Brian were honoured to take on the legacy of Pyramid Valley and craft their own family of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. The North Canterbury Waikari estate was extended in 2018 with the purchase of the Manata Estate in Lowburn, Central Otago. Both estates are tended according to the holistic principles of biodynamics, working with the energy of the cosmos and feeding the soils and ecosystem of the site to let nature work her wonders.

In the cellar, the winemaking follows natural principles with the use of indigenous yeasts, natural fining and minimal, if any, filtration. The ultimate goal is to guide the wines from the earth to the bottle, producing wines that truly breathe of their place.

Steve Smith MW has a formidable reputation in the wine industry: renowned for working with Villa Maria and then establishing Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough, he is one of few qualified Master of Wines to be based in New Zealand.

Wines Samples: 

2019 Appellation Series North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Appellation Series North Canterbury Chardonnay
2019 Appellation Series North Canterbury Orange
2018 Appellation Series North Canterbury Pinot Noir
2018 Appellation Series Central Otago Pinot Noir


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