Torlesse Wines Ltd

+64 03 314 6929 Loffhagen Drive
Waipara, North Canterbury,
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Torlesse Wines Limited is based at Waipara Village, adjacent to State Highway 1, 60 kilometres north of Christchurch. The company takes its name from an early Canterbury resident, surveyor and farmer, Englishman Charles Torlesse. He gave his name to the Torlesse mountain range which part circles the Canterbury Plains and was at one time the largest land owner and farmer in North Canterbury and founder of the nearby town of Rangiora. Interestingly, the name Torlesse is given to the underlying bedrock from which most New Zealand soils are derived – Torlesse, the terroir of New Zealand! Torlesse is owned by the Rayner, Tomlin, Blowers, Pharis and Fabris families. The Managing Director and wine maker is Kym Rayner (B.Sc.). Kym is a graduate of Roseworthy Wine College, South Australia, where he spent his early years. Kym initially held wine making positions with several hometown McLaren Vale wineries before immigrating to New Zealand – initially with Penfolds in Gisborne and then Montana in Blenheim. In Read more »

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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Torlesse Wines Pinot Noir Waipara Omihi Road 2006


    Nice front end flavor, but light enough to drink in the summer time, it has a bright berry flavor. Read More

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