A natural extension of our passion for the land, Peregrine are dedicated to helping protect some of New Zealand's rarest native birds. As well as taking part personally in some of this country's most successful preservation programs, Peregrine is proud to have worked with the Wingspan Trust, the Department of Conservation and the Fiordland Conservation Trust.
A helping hand
We believe that a commitment to the natural environment means getting out and helping with conservation initiatives, as well as supporting other passionate people and organisations. Our staff have taken part in programs to save the Saddleback, helping to relocate dozens of breeding pairs to new predator free homes on places like Bauza Island, Secretary Island and Chalky Island in Fiordland and the Orokonui Eco Sanctuary.
Peregrine has also worked to re-establish the New Zealand Falcon (Karearea in Maori) population in Central Otago. This project has seen us partner with the Wingspan Trust in Rotorua - raising chicks here at the winery , in specially designed bird boxes that minimize human contact, before releasing them into the wild, as well as transporting and releasing juvenile Falcons.
New Zealand Falcon
One of the fastest birds in the world, the New Zealand Falcon or Karearea is the only falcon native to this country. Exceptional speed and eyesight make them hugely powerful predators, able to catch smaller birds on the wing, with a territorial instinct that sees them sometimes preying on larger animals. While they remain a potent symbol of wild New Zealand - featuring on the $20 note - habitat destruction has threatened the species, with fewer than 800 breeding pairs left in the wild.
Once found throughout New Zealand's forests, the distinctive black and red Saddleback or Tieke's ground feeding behaviour made it easy prey for introduced pests. Near to extinction in 1960s, the Department of Conservation undertook the country's first species relocation in 1964. This was the first step in a determined preservation program, which has seen a strong resurgence in numbers on sanctuary islands in Fiordland and Northland - a success that Peregrine is proud to have played a part in.
Another outstanding Peregrine - as reviewed by Tyson Stelzer
Peregrine Wines are excited to have been selected by Tyson Stelzer as part of his Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year for 2017.
“A hand-picked selection of just 150 heroes from the thousands of wines tasted over the past year”.
The 2014 Peregrine Pinot Noir is recognized in The Top 20 Wines of the Year Under $50.
Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
Central Otago | Screw Cap | 13% alcohol | Drink 2016-2024 | 95 points
A blend of Bendigo, Pisa and Gibbston vineyards, this is a release that encapsulates the black and red cherry fruits of Central Otago with wonderful violet and rose petal perfume, supported gently by nutty, faintly smoky French oak. A gorgeously succulent palate is intricately woven with a silky tannin structure of masterful finesse. Another outstanding Peregrine.
Pop in and visit us at the Peregrine Wines Cellar Door in Central Otago to taste this fabulous wine, or visit our online shop to view our full range. Enjoy!