The Family


The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making.


Associate Professor and Consultant Neurologist, Ivan Donaldson is a wine writer and wine judge. He also oversees viticulture and wine styles.


His wife Christine is still involved in the business though directs most of her energy into maintaining the winery's extensive grounds.  She is also a passionate opera lover and has been heavily involved with Opera in Canterbury for many years. She has organised a number of operatic concerts at the winery’s natural amphitheatre. A reserve range of wines have been dedicated to Christine’s passion for opera.


Their eldest son, Matthew, graduated with an oenology degree and a postgraduate diploma in viticulture at Roseworthy College in Australia is the winemaker.  He has worked many vintages in other parts of the world, with a particular focus on Burgundy.

Another son, Edward Donaldson, is Marketing Manager and his wife Belinda supervises the Pegasus Bay Winery Restaurant.


Paul Donaldson, the youngest son, has an MBA degree and works as General Manager for the company.


Pegasus Bay is an entirely family-owned and operated enterprise.