Our History

Falaise & Lt. Commander Sydney John Hales R.N. settled & named Fiddler’s Green in 1981.
 Barry & Jennie Johns established the renowned wine vineyard a decade later winning multiple international awards. 
After a worldwide search at sea for two years, the Rath family sailed into New Zealand in 2016 to find & restore the property to an organic vineyard & bistro.

Fiddler’s Green is in 19th-century maritime folklore describing a kind of hereafter for sailors, where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing, the wine never stops flowing and dancers never tire.

Fiddler’s Green lore states “a sailor can find this paradisiacal land by walking inland with an oar over his shoulder until he finds a place where people ask him what he’s carrying.” 
Fiddler’s Green is where the Rath family has found their heaven on earth to produce fine wines & dining for sailors and land lovers alike.

Upcoming Events

Fiddler's Green wines at the America's Cup Village in Auckland

Fiddler's Green wines at the America's Cup Village in Auckland

Fiddler's Green Vineyard is proud to be served at The New Zealand House in the 2021 America's Cup Village in Auckland.

Fiddler's Green wines at the America's Cup Village in Auckland

Fiddler's Green Vineyard is proud to be served at The New Zealand House in the 2021 America's Cup Village in Auckland.

Harvest Dance & Dinner

6th of March, 2021

Harvest Dance & Dinner

6th of March, 2021

Sidelines Swing
15 Piece Orchestra for a full night of dancing under the stars in the vineyard https://www.facebook.com/sidelineswing/
Fiddler's Green Vineyard & Bistro will provide a complete dinner paired with our wines for your enjoyment
Shuttle service will be provided from Christchurch & surrounding areas
Glamping overnight accommodation will be available for those who wish to stay overnight and attend the North Canterbury Wine & food Festival the next day 7/3/2021
Free Shuttle will be provided from the Festival Sunday for patrons of Fiddler's Green Vineyard & Bistro
Please contact colin@fiddlersgreen.nz for pricing & further Information.

Harvest Dance & Dinner

6th of March, 2021

Sidelines Swing
15 Piece Orchestra for a full night of dancing under the stars in the vineyard https://www.facebook.com/sidelineswing/
Fiddler's Green Vineyard & Bistro will provide a complete dinner paired with our wines for your enjoyment
Shuttle service will be provided from Christchurch & surrounding areas
Glamping overnight accommodation will be available for those who wish to stay overnight and attend the North Canterbury Wine & food Festival the next day 7/3/2021
Free Shuttle will be provided from the Festival Sunday for patrons of Fiddler's Green Vineyard & Bistro
Please contact colin@fiddlersgreen.nz for pricing & further Information.