Pegasus Bay was established by the Donaldson family who were pioneers of the Canterbury wine industry. Professor Ivan Donaldson, a consultant neurologist, planted one of the region’s first vineyard in the mid 1970’s.Ivan quickly saw the huge potential for grape growing in the region and in 1985 established what is now Pegasus Bay’s home vineyard in the Waipara Valley of North Canterbury, along with his wife Christine and their four sons. There are now eight family members working in key rolls within the winery.
The winery restaurant and cellar door first opened in 1992 and has evolved from humble beginnings into what is widely regarded as one of the best boutique winery experiences in the country. The hospitality side of the business has recently changed its focus from an à la carte lunch model to a premium private events venue. This space is also used to host collaborative events between the Donaldson Family and guest chefs from around the country. The events dubbed “Collab Sessions” are open to the public to attend. There are extensive winery gardens including multiple short walkways and a breath-taking wetlands area with several lakes.