main divide wines

waipara – New Zealand

The Donaldson Family – A Wine Success Story

When Ivan Donaldson, a successful neurologist, was given a wine book by his then fiancée Christine in the early 1970s, it all began. His passion for wine was sparked and after an extended journey through the European wine regions, he made the first wine plantings back home in North Canterbury. In the beginning, even more was vinified as a hobby in the garage at home. A little later, in the 1980s, Ivan and Christine were married in the meantime and had four sons, they founded Pegasus Bay as the first professional winery in Canterbury. From then on, the success story of this winery took its course. Pegasus Bay has been established as a beautiful property with Christine-designed gardens and an excellent restaurant.

A family-owned winery

Today, Pegasus Bay, which also integrates the wines of Main Divide, is part of the first guard of New Zealand wineries. In 2019, it was awarded the “New Zealand Pinot Noir Five Stars producer” award, which roughly corresponds to the Burgundian Grand Cru classification. The Donaldsons are proud that the winery is still completely family-owned despite its success. Father Ivan continues his education in retirement with overseas viticulture. Mother Christine still takes care of the beautiful gardens and arranges open-air opera performances in the winery’s natural amphitheatre. The eldest son Mathew is the winemaker as a graduate oenologist, son Edward, a trained chef, is now marketing manager of the winery. His wife Belinda takes care of the catering and the events in the restaurant. Son Michael is now the local sales manager after returning from overseas and the youngest son Paul is general manager of Pegasus Bay with his MBA.

Great terroir and perfect cellar art

Pegasus Bay and Main Divide are also committed to “sustainable winegrowing”. The Waipara Valley is a spur of the New Zealand Alps with north-facing terraces. It is protected from the eastern sea winds due to its location in the slipstream side of the Teviotdale Range and therefore benefits from a unique mesoclimate with warm days and cool nights. The soils are barren and well permeable to water. Many of the vines are over 30 years old and partly root-true. All this is reflected in the excellent grape material that Pegasus Bay and Main Divide have. In the wine cellar, Mathew relies primarily on traditional European winemaking methods, depending on the grape varieties, mainly based on those methods from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Moselle and Alsace.

The wines of main divide wines

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6er wine package BBQ wines

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