Main Divide has matured

In its infancy the fruit for Main Divide was purchased from grape growers as required.

In 1997 a decision was made to turn Main Divide into a quality focused brand featuring a variety of South Island growing regions...

About Main Divide

Our name and logo reflect our location and our unique, regionally distinct wines.

Main Divide is the local name for the mighty range of Southern Alps which form the backbone of Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand).

Our aim is to produce wines which reflect the unspoilt freshness, purity, vigour and cool climate of the south, while retaining in each its individual regional and varietal character...

Wine-making philosophy

Our aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality which fully express the features of the vineyard and to handle these with the utmost respect. Natural methods and as little intervention as possible at all stages from vine to bottle typify our approach...

Wine-making Styles

We wish to produce distinctive, vibrant wines with lively fruit flavours, which at the same time are integrated and harmonious.

The Wine makers

Wine maker Matthew Donaldson, has many years of experience and passion to produce a range of wines that show fresh, clean and pure fruit flavours while at the same time clearly expressing the characteristics of each unique vineyard...


A new addition to the Main Divide Website is our collection of images of the South Island along with vineyard and bottle shots. High resolution photos are available via a pasword protected login.

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