A family owned Waipara Valley wine estate specialising in hand crafted food-wines.
Bellbird Spring makes fine aromatic white and Pinot Noir wine using traditional techniques.
The Waipara Valley has lost much of its indigenous ecosystem through the course of human settlement. The North Canterbury wine growing region is ecologically important. It was once covered in forest and bush: including such species as lancewood, kowhai, lacebark and totara. Maori and European habitation has altered the landscape, particularly with the development of farming, forestry and horticulture. Bellbird Spring is one of a group of 45 Waipara Valley property owners that participates in Greening Waipara - a biodiversity improvement programme. The programme focuses on planting and maintaining native species in and around vineyards which in turn improve habitat… Continue reading →
Photo of a small parasitic wasp (probably a Copidosoma sp.). This tiny insect is feeding on Alyssum flowers in the Block Eight vineyard. We have sown Alyssum as part of our programme to support beneficial insects. Insects like Copidosoma can control populations of leaf roller moths like the Light Brown Apple Moth which can damage vine flowers and fruit in New Zealand. Control without insecticides who would have guessed? These wasps are amazing insects. A female lays only a few eggs on the egg of its lepidopteran [moth] host. The eggs multiply by cloning into as many as a few… Continue reading →