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Richard Painter, Winemaker walks down a row of vines with his constant companion dog - Sam

Left Field wines are the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and the wonderful. They take a whimsical approach to exploration, creativity and imagination.

Left Field Albariño bottle duel illustration

The birthplace of the unexpected,
the weird and the wonderful.

The winery is situated in the sacred Gimblett Gravels, a gift left behind from the trails of the old Ngaruroro River, which meandered through the region until a huge flood changed its course in 1867.

Richard Painter, Winemaker, leaning on a fence in the vineyard
Richard Painter, Winemaker

Under the watchful eye of winemaker, Richard Painter, a sense of exploration runs deep at Left Field, just like the ancient Ngaruroro River winding its way through the Gimblett Gravels, always seeking a different path. When it comes to winemaking, curiosity reigns and rules are made to be broken, weaving together a rich tapestry to bring forth Left Field wines.

Why we think Left Field is special

  • Wines that push varietal or regional boundaries for New Zealand.
  • Bold quirky labels that catch the eye and invite exploration
  • Richard Painter’s calm unassuming demeanour belies a seriously talented winemaker.
  • The winery restaurant is a real hidden gem.
Image credit: Jonathan Clark