• Idyllic farm setting
  • Historic Farm Homestead
  • Farm tours and hiking available
  • Centrally located to all North Canterbury attractions

Fine wine

Your host Jim Harré is an international wine judge with in-depth knowledge of fine wines, and he’s there to help match the best wines to your daily menu.

Here at The Gates Country Lodge, we have our own private cellar, stocked with an eclectic collection of wines from around the world. Some of the finest come from the local Waipara Valley vineyards, situated just 45 minutes south of the Lodge.

Jim studied winemaking and viticulture before working vintages in France, Australia and New Zealand and taking a post at Christie’s Fine Wine Department in London.

During the past 10 years, he has judged many wine awards, and currently holds the position of Senior Judge with New Zealand Winegrowers and Chairman of Judges for the New World Wine Competition and is a Wine Consultant for Air New Zealand.

A veritable font of knowledge, with a wide network of contacts, Jim will happily regale you with stories of the industry and its colourful characters.

Depending on numbers, Jim also offers formal wine tasting with local wines, and tuition in wine varieties, areas and styles. Find out more under Our Activities.

“You have thought of every little detail and we feel really spoilt. Your home is so comfortable and the peace and quiet extremely revitalising.”