Central Otago Wine


Cental Otago, located on the tip of New Zealand’s South Island is the world’s highest and most southerly wine region. It took quite some time to catch on. While wine-makers knew the cool, very dry climate must be good for something, they had a hard time figuring just what that might be. But by the late 1980s and 90s, it was clear, Pinot Noir was it. 
The summers in Central Otago are very hot and dry, while the winters are extremely cold and prone to early frost. Most of the grapes are planted on the north-facing side of high slopes to ensure the best sun exposure and limit frost potential. The hot days and cool nights ensure a long growing season and well-balanced grapes, given a further boost by the free-draining schist soil prevalent in the region. 
The Pinot Noir from Central Otago has a particular power and grace, with good fruit, earth, mineral and acid balance, though there is definite vintage variation. Other popular varietals grown are Chardonnay Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Pisa Range Estate Vineyard

    Pisa Range Estate vineyard is located at Pisa, approximately 10km north of Cromwell, Central Otag...

  • Mount Michael Wines & Estates Ltd

    Our Location Mount Michael Wines & Estates is in a very strange location indeed - on the hills n...

  • Leaning Rock Vineyard

    Our vines are grown on a steep north facing river terrace underlain by very free draining soils. ...

  • Packspur Vineyard

    Packspur takes its name from the track that was used to pack supplies over the Pisa Range, from t...

  • Waitiri Creek

    Waitiri Creek was established in 1993 with one vineyard and now harvests fruit from vineyards thr...

  • Judge Rock Pinot Wines

    Central Otago New Zealand Wines Pinot Noir Award Winning Judge Rock Pinot Wines Elegant sensuou...

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