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.


A handful of selected South Island vineyards have been chosen because of their unique situations or terroir and the quality of their grapes. Our intention is to work with the growers of these vineyards throughout the season to obtain quality fruit, all of which is then hand-crafted into wine by the Donaldson Family at their Waipara winery.


Main Divide's philosophy is based on individuality and harmony. We wish to produce distinctive, vibrant wines with lively fruit flavours, which at the same time are integrated and harmonious.


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