About Dry River Wines
Dry River is one of New Zealand's most iconic pioneering wineries.
The vineyard was established 1979 by Dr Neil and Dawn McCallum. The first wines, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot gris were bottled in 1984.
The Dry River wines are very limited and not widely available in Europe.
Winemaking at Dry River
„Nature. Nurture. Knowledge.“ – this is the mantra of the winery. Fine wine is a combination of the characteristics of the Earth, and a unique knowledge of how to get the best out of this special place they call home.
Now led by winemaker Wilco Lam, Dry River achieves impressive concentration in all its reds by maintaining low yields and manipulating the vine canopy to expose the fruit to sunlight early in the ripening season.
The name Dry River
The name Dry River was that of one of the earliest South Wairarapa sheep stations (around 1877).
Reviews for Dry River
"Dry River is possibly New Zealand’s most iconic wine producer. I stress possibly because it really depends on your definition of iconic. However, when compiling a list of iconic New Zealand wines some time ago I included every Dry River wine." Bob Campbell MW
"The culture of Dry River remains on achieving the highest quality through great attention to detail, making wines that are immensely ageworthy." – Raymond Chan
"New Zealand’s cult winery" – Jancis Robinson MW
Top winery for Pinot Noir (1 of only 7) – Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer