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Summer in a can: Melton Estate

The magic of a New Zealand summer has been canned thanks to local winery Melton Estate. Because this year, its latest harvest of Summer Love Sparkling Riesling can also be found in handy 330ml cans.



In a year where summer tastes even better, this popular light pink spritzy drop has light floral notes of honey suckle, lychee, strawberries, red fruits and cherry blossom.

Also available by the bottle, the tipple is the perfect summer pairing – ideal for beach days, long lunches and evening barbecues, camping trips and music festivals.

Melton Estate Owner Tracy Caunter says the cans have been made with a biodegradable can ring in keeping with its commitment to responsible business practices as recognised by its Qualmark 4 Star Plus rating and Silver Sustainable Tourism Award.

Summer Love Sparkling Riesling can be purchased in selected stores in 330ml cans or 375ml and 750ml bottles.

But Tracy warmly invites and encourages wine lovers to venture out to the winery and restaurant on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton.


All fun and games: Melton Estate

Exciting new things are happening for local winery Melton Estate. An expansive setting for weddings, conferences, and Christmas parties – this boutique vineyard is adding yet another reason to the list of reasons to have your next event here.


Three words; multi-purpose games lawn. The new space includes two Pétanque courts and lawns for games like badminton, volleyball, and croquet.

But it does not end there. In collaboration with Garden City Helicopters, customers can purchase a package that takes them from the airport to Melton Estate for lunch via helicopter – only to land on the new games lawn.

In true form of out with the old and in with the new, a brand-new vineyard has been planted next to the games lawn growing chardonnay and pinot grapes, two of Melton Estate’s signature wines.

Make the most of your event this summer by choosing Melton Estate. The new lawn can be booked as a part of your conference, wedding, or Christmas event.

For more information contact Philip Caunter on 021 350 531 or email


Grape Expectations: Melton Estate

Nestled comfortably on a 12-acre block on Weedons Ross Road, West Melton, Melton Estate is, at its heart, a modern restaurant and event venue, but it’s the boutique winery which is meeting the grape expectations of a loyal and growing patronage.




Owner and wine afficionado Philip Caunter says that while the popular winery – surrounded by lush pinot noir vines – supplies Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Méthode Traditionnelle, Sauvignon Blanc and the increasingly popular Rosé, it is the Sparkling Riesling known as ‘Summer Love’ which has earned widespread acclaim.

“We’ve been making Summer Love for 11 years now,” Philip says.

“Every year it’s extremely popular across a broad range of people. Its popularity has really surpassed expectations.”

To describe this tasty tipple as a Sparkling Riesling with a bit of pinot added to the mix may over-simplify the time, talent and labour-intensive process of vinification, but equally, it can be described as fun in a bottle.

“Summer Love is about fun, celebrating, coming together,” Philip says.

“It’s just slightly sparkling, or what the Italians call frizzante; it resonates with people who want something that’s a little bit fun.”

When it comes to celebrating, their French-style champagne Méthode Traditionnelle, is another top drop.

At this time of year, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are on the online order for many Melton Estate customers, while in summer the fruity Rosé comes out of hibernation.

“We’ve had a great year in the vineyard and look forward to releasing more new wines,” Philip says.

“We enjoy the fact that people enjoy it; everything else flows on from that.”


Canterbury’s favourite winery wedding venue Melton Estate

Imagine a place architecturally designed for weddings that was tailored to make your big day everything you wanted and more. Think of an all-weather outdoor wedding chapel and entertaining space that comes complete with lighting and heating.



Well… lucky for you, you do not have to imagine. Melton Estate is a boutique winery located just 15 minutes west of Christchurch International airport in West Melton.

This little piece of heaven on earth has been hosting weddings for 18 years.

Melton Estate is your beacon of hope in ensuring you have an unforgettable day offering a full-service wedding experience.

It is the only Canterbury winery wedding venue with a Qualmark Four Star Plus rating (Venues) and has earned a Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award.

Quality, sustainability and customer service are a daily focus.

Tracy Caunter from Melton Estate warmly invites you to “come out, see it, enjoy it and have a beautiful day in amongst the vines”.


Melton Estate

Home of Summer Love: Melton Estate

Surrounded by mature pinot noir vines, boutique local winery, Melton Estate is the perfect venue to celebrate your special day.


Melton Estate


Offering a full wedding service, the team proudly takes care of everything, even providing your own wedding specialist, Tracy Caunter, to assist with planning and host the evening.

Melton Estate is located on 12 stunning acres in West Melton – only 15 minutes from the airport, and their staff work alongside you to ensure every detail fits in with your vision for the event.

The architecturally designed venue has been designed for weddings, including the all-weather outdoor chapel and entertaining space, The Pavilion, and the Banquet Room that sits above the vineyard.

While you are there, you can also treat your guests to local wines including pinot gris, pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, rosé, sauvignon blanc, and the acclaimed sparkling, known as ‘Summer Love’.

Melton Estate is the perfect space to enjoy your dream day, set amongst the tranquillity and beauty of the vineyards.