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ESTABLISHED IN 1997, BELL HILL VINEYARD IS AN AREA LAYERED WITH HISTORY.


Bell Hill itself, so named for its bell-like shape on its southern side, was first surveyed in 1917 by Charles Trounce who went on to establish a lime quarry that operated until the late 1930s. However the history of the area goes back much further than that. Maori first explored Weka Pass around 1000 years ago, when the area was still forested and rich in birdlife. A large overhanging limestone shelter in the pass was used as a temporary overnight camp and early Maori rock art decorates its walls.

OUR VINEYARD

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BELL HILL WINES

Bell Hill vineyard is a long-term project driven by a desire to realise the full potential of this unique, lime-rich environment.

Our Wines

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VISITING US

Bell Hill is not open to the public, when possible visits may be arranged by appointment only, please contact us for all enquiries and directions to the vineyard.

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MARCEL & SHERWYN

At the end of 1995, after six months in Europe, Marcel and Sherwyn returned to New Zealand and set themselves the goal of finding a plot of land where they could grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with limestone soil derived characteristics which can be defined by structure, acidity and longevity.

Our People

Gourmet Traveller Wine - Viticulturist of the Year 2021

Respecting the environment is key for this successful husband and wife team.

Once the site of an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury, Bell Hill is now a vineyard and winery with exceptional chardonnay and pinot noir wines, crafted by Sherwyn Veldhuizen and Marcel Giesen, worthy winners of the Viticulturist of the Year Award.

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