Creative Food Extraordinaire Ataahua Wines

Wine is a beautiful thing. Even more so are the individually hand crafted wines from Ataahua Wines. Located in Waipara, right here in North Canterbury, Ataahua wines work towards producing high quality wines for wine lovers who enjoy pairing a glass of wine with their meal. That makes Ataahua Wines a perfect match with us here at Miss Lilly’s.

Owned and operated by Stephanie and her husband Andrew, the vineyard has 4.5 hectares of grapevines, all of which contribute to the amazing products which are created in the onsite winery. They have owned the five-hectare block for over 20 years and lived on it for the past 16. But it wasn’t until 2008 when Stephanie took the plunge and started up Ataahua Wines, after already having an extensive career in the wine industry. She began by launching Ataahua Wines first product, a 2008 Gewurztraminer which was made in a neighbouring winery, but now has built her own winery onsite.

Ataahua Wines is run organically, even though they are not officially certified. They are however certified through Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) for running the vineyard and winery in a sustainable manner. Stephanie herself crafts her individually hand made wine, actively taking a part in all stages along the way right from the vine through to the packaging.

The Ataahua wine range includes Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in the whites, and Merlot and Pinot Noir in the reds, plus a Pinot Rosé and a Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. All her wines are naturally fermented in seasoned French Oak barrels with as little additives used as possible. You will find them available for purchase through the Ataahua Wines website, as well as in several restaurants and fine wine stores around Canterbury, Auckland and Wellington.

Matching Your Wine for Christmas Day

I was very excited to find out more about Ataahua Wines. I love how Stephanie has grown her passion for great wine into a sustainable local business and one which works perfectly here with us at Miss Lilly’s. The wine she produces makes a fabulous accompaniment to a great meal, especially Christmas Day lunch or dinner. Here are a few of my seasonal favourites:

  • Ataahua 2014 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer – the perfect match for having with your Christmas cake or mince pie, this Gewurztraminer offers a sweet and smooth palate, together with a rich fruity aroma.

  • Ataahua 2014 Merlot – a wonderful wine to have with your Christmas roast beef or seared venison. It has gorgeous ripe plum and blackberry flavours with a pinch of spice.

  • But there is one wine I’ve taken a bit further into my kitchen and that’s their Ataahua 2014 Rose. I’ve even gone as far as creating this recipe to go with it…

The Rosé Grapefruit Dream

 Ingredients  Makes 1 cocktail (make as many as needed)  3 oz. Rosé  1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice  ½ oz. vodka  Simple syrup, to taste  Ice cubes  Quartered strawberries  Fresh mint, for garnish   Directions   Add some ice to a cocktail shaker.  Pour the Rosé, grapefruit juice, vodka and simple syrup into the shaker. Most like a light drizzle of simple syrup.  Cap the shaker and shake.  Strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with strawberry and mint.  Enjoy.   

Ingredients

Makes 1 cocktail (make as many as needed)

3 oz. Rosé

1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

½ oz. vodka

Simple syrup, to taste

Ice cubes

Quartered strawberries

Fresh mint, for garnish

Directions

Add some ice to a cocktail shaker.

Pour the Rosé, grapefruit juice, vodka and simple syrup into the shaker. Most like a light drizzle of simple syrup.

Cap the shaker and shake.

Strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with strawberry and mint.

Enjoy.