Central Otago

Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from.
Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but is unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the countries only ‘continental ’ wine growing region.

Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the regions large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the regions long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity.

Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality.

Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine producing regions.
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  1. MT DIFFICULTY 'ROARING MEG' PINOT GRIS 2018
    The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin. This wine displays delicious very ripe Pinot Gris aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of rock melon, pineapple and stonefruit nice detail is added ... Learn More
  2. AKARUA PINOT NOIR 'ROUGE' 2019
    “An early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ageing and complex winemaking. We like to enjoy ... Learn More
  3. AKARUA PINOT NOIR 'ROUGE' 2018
    “This is our second release of Pinot Rouge, an early bottling in a traditional ‘nouveau’ style. It is terrific to see so clearly, the flavours of two of our oldest and most favourite vineyards without the overlay of extended oak ... Learn More
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  4. PEREGRINE ORGANIC DRY RIESLING 2018
    "A fresh bright Riesling with a beautiful balance of delicate minerality and fresh acidity. Aromatics of lime, lemongrass and citrus blossom combine with green apple and lemon peel flavours on the palate" Organically certified and hand harvested from Central Otago. ... Learn More
  5. NANNY GOAT PINOT NOIR 2018
    The nose is dense and intriguing, with layered black and blue berry fruits, toasted spice, cola and an ethereal floral lift. The palate is velvety and plush up front, brimming with wild berry fruits, currants, lightly roasted coffee beans and ... Learn More
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  6. AKARUA 'RUA' PINOT NOIR 2017
    Far from a sold-out rarity, as is often the case with heavily awarded wines; RUA Pinot Noir is widely available in NZ and beloved by Kiwis who describe it as their ‘go to’ and ‘everyday’ wine. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  7. SATO RIESLING 2015
    Leaving from their banking profession, Yoshiaki & Kyoko Sato established Sato Wines as the first exclusive natural wine making project in Central Otago in 2009. Sato wines is working (either leasing or buying fruits) only with reliable local growers of organic or ... Learn More
    SATO RIESLING 2015
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  8. RIPPON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
    Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery’s sorting table intact. Over 50% was left on its skins to macerate over night. All fruit was whole bunch pressed over 3 hours and run, by ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  9. NEVIS BLUFF PINOT NOIR 2015
    Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape to cultivate that grows best in cooler climates, hence the growing reputation for quality in the Central Otago region. Our terroir produces fruit that is intensely coloured and brimming with flavour. This fruit ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  10. RIPPON GEWURZTRAMINER 2018
    Picked by hand into small, 10kg cases allowing the fruit to arrive at the winery’s sorting table intact. Over 50% was left on its skins to macerate over night. All fruit was whole bunch pressed over 3 hours and run, by ... Learn More
  11. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2016
    Dark floral and spice scents lead to wonderful red and dark fruits, with a lovely seam of minerality supported by supple tannins. Purity, elegance combine with texture, concentration and length. A true reflection of the three Central Otago sub regions ... Learn More
  12. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2015
    Attractive florals and spice notes with layers of red and dark fruits balanced with a lovely minerality and fine supple tannins. A style that combines purity and elegance with texture, concentration and length. A true reflection of the three Central ... Learn More
  13. BURN COTTAGE 'MOONLIGHT RACE' CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2016
    The wine shows enticing bright fruit notes with cherry, rosehip and spice box aromas, but there are also rich earth and dark savoury notes here. The palate is one of elegance, concentration and power, while supple, harmonious tannins give wonderful ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  14. FELTON ROAD 'BANNOCKBURN' CHARDONNAY 2018
    Felton Road rank among the top 3 New Zealand producers, and in all honesty are usually number 1. In fact, they deserve a spot among the top New World producers, and this was proven when they were given the #12 spot in Wine ... Learn More
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  15. FELTON ROAD 'BANNOCKBURN' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Felton Road rank among the top 3 New Zealand producers, and in all honesty are usually number 1. In fact, they deserve a spot among the top New World producers, and this was proven when they were given the #12 spot in Wine ... Learn More
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  16. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2013
    Intriguing aromas of exotic spice, mocha and dried floral notes. A concentrated palate with layers of dark fruit supported by fine earthy tannins. A style that combines purity and elegance with texture, concentration and length A true reflection of the ... Learn More
  17. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2012
    Peregrine Wines have named themselves after the Peregrine Falcon, a rare bird of prey found in very small numbers in Otago where the winery is based. This superb Pinot Noir is hand-harvested, warm-fermented and matured on French oak barrels for 10 ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Robert Parker
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  18. PEREGRINE CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2011
    Sourced from a totally organically-farmed vineyard. This has the intensity and depth of flavour the Central Otago region is becoming renowned for. Mocha spice, blood plums and dark cherry aromas jump from the glass 5% whole bunches added to the ferment, ... Learn More
  19. FELTON ROAD CALVERT PINOT NOIR 2017
    Felton Road farms four properties totaling 32 ha in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. Calvert Vineyard is located on Felton Road and is just 1km east of The Elms Vineyard and the winery. ... Learn More
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  20. RIPPON 'RIPPON' MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2016
    Very pretty cherry and vanilla notes with savoury cured meats, nutty oak and gentle rose florals. Packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven minerality. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 16 months on ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  21. BURN COTTAGE VALLI VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015
    “From one of the most beautiful, biodynamic-farmed vineyards on earth,” - Mike Bennie The 2015 Burn Cottage Valli Vineyard wine displays layers of cherry, plum, liquorice, chocolate and dark savoury complexity. The palate has richness and succulence with a balanced delicate ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  22. FELTON ROAD 'CORNISH POINT' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Felton Road rank among the top 3 New Zealand producers, and in all honesty are usually number 1. In fact, they deserve a spot among the top New World producers, and this was proven when they were given the #12 spot in Wine ... Learn More
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  23. RIPPON 'EMMA'S BLOCK' PINOT NOIR 2015
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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  24. RIPPON 'EMMA'S BLOCK' PINOT NOIR 2016
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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  25. FELTON ROAD 'BLOCK 3' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Felton Road rank among the top 3 New Zealand producers, and in all honesty are usually number 1. In fact, they deserve a spot among the top New World producers, and this was proven when they were given the #12 spot in Wine ... Learn More
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  26. RIPPON 'EMMA'S BLOCK' MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2013
    Limited release. Aromas of red currants, blueberries and blackberries. Hints of star anise and some peppery notes. The palate is medium-bodied with elegant fruit. There are some grainy tannins and refreshing acidity with a long finish. A unique parcel within ... Learn More
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  27. RIPPON 'TINKER'S FIELD' PINOT NOIR 2015
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Tinker's Field is named after Nick's grandfather, and is the most exposed and warm site. ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
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  28. RIPPON 'RIPPON' MATURE VINE PINOT NOIR 2010
    100 Points from James Suckling. Very pretty cherry and vanilla notes with savoury cured meats, nutty oak and gentle rose florals. Packed with juicy fruit flavours, fine grained tannins and a slate driven minerality. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  29. CUVEE AUX ANTIPODES BY PROPHET’S ROCK 2017
    This Pinot Noir was made by Francois Millet, winemaker at the iconic Chambolle Musigny estate of Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue in partnership with Paul Pujol from Prophets Rock. Francois even insisted on exporting the same brass hand pumps from ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Jane Faulkner
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    Robert Parker
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