Established in 1986, Waipara Downs is an ultra premium, high demand, low production wine from the heart of Waipara. The first plantings by Ruth and Keith Berry were of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The first commercial vintage was produced in 1991. During 1994 a winery was built, which over the years has expanded, and in 2001 son Scott Berry returned from a year in Sancerre, France to take over as Winemaker. Scott has since become an award winning winemaker within Waipara and New Zealand. The Waipara Downs range now includes Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer.