lava flows reach like fingers into the harbour. The view from the
vineyard site is spectacular.
Ancient eruptions have endowed Canterbury with a
spectacular landform called Banks Peninsula. Rising up from the
Canterbury Plains, the harbours of Akaroa and Lyttelton townships
are the twin craters of an ancient volcano, and the surrounding
hills and fertile land are a result of its eruptions. These harbours
are among the world’s outstanding examples of eroded and
The first vintage produced by The Crater Rim’s winemaker Theo
Coles was from a small hillside vineyard, high above the town
of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula – and so the brand ‘The
Crater Rim’ was born.
This picturesque parcel of land has been leased and managed by
our team since the 2003 vintage. The sub-region of Akaroa has outstanding
potential for growing great wines, and this site has become the
heart of our wine portfolio.
Banks Peninsula has a far-reaching effect on the climate of the
whole Canterbury province, and so we have carried The Crater Rim
brand to encompass all the wines we produce from the Canterbury
sub-regions of Akaroa, Waipara, Burnham and Omihi .