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. Gewürztraminer, 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 2021
    The grapes for this wine come from the vineyards in Central Otago’s Cromwell basin. Tasting Notes Roaring Meg Pinot Gris 2021 is an intense and inviting bouquet of frangipani blossom with nashi pear and fresh ginger. A full and rich ... Learn More
  2. Mt Difficulty 'Roaring Meg' Pinot Gris 2020
    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
  3. Chard Farm Pinot Gris 2019
    Floral and pear aromas with fig and date dried fruits leading to nice nutty notes in the background. The fresh pear and floral flavours highlight a lively and textured mid palate, before a dry saline tone brings back the nutty ... Learn More
  4. Nanny Goat Pinot Noir 2020
    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
  5. Wooing Tree Blondie 2021
    This unique Blanc de Noir was made from 100% Pinot noir grapes, grown on our family owned vineyard. Ripe hand picked fruit and gentle winemaking have given a wonderfully balanced wine. The elegant champagne colour resulted from minimal skin contact prior ... Learn More
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    Cameron Douglas MS
  6. Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle Nv
    Exuding elegance & finesse. Pale yellow with a bouquet of green apple and hints of lime and brioche. On the palate, this is flirtatious and moreish. Enhanced by an invigorating cool, creamy acidity. Focused, cool and crisp with beautiful balance and ... Learn More
  7. Prophet'S Rock Dry Riesling 2019
    It gets the same meticulous treatment in the vineyard as our top Pinot Noir, and our yields are extremely low, creating a concentrated expression of our unique site. Averaging only 300 cases per vintage, our Dry Riesling is a rare find. ... Learn More
  8. Maude Pinot Noir 2020
    Such a popular Pinot Noir every year, we often think it must be the best value you can find in Central Otago. The 2020 Maude is sourced from Central Otago’s premium sub regions, each contributing to this savoury, complex Pinot ... Learn More
  9. Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir 2019
    A wonderful expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focussed Pinot Noir with great flavour and lovely soft tannin. A long ripening period has resulted in depth and concentration. The wine has spent 10 months in older French ... Learn More
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    Sam Kim
  10. Prophet's Rock Pinot Gris 2020
    "An off-dry style with powerful acidity packing in sweet ripe pears and apples. Fresh aromas and gentle pastry notes, too. This has it all. Drink now." - James Suckling Founded in 1999 by Paul Pujol, the two stunning vineyards that combine ... Learn More
  11. Rockburn Pinot Noir 2020
    The 2020 vintage yielded beautiful fruit from each of our sites, which we have simply guided gently through to the bottle with minimal handling It shows expressive nose of plum, black cherry and toasty oak supported by a palate full of ... Learn More
  12. Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
    Medium purple with pink hues. Bright cherry, violets and red current on the nose with touches of cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Sweet spice entry with red cherries, raspberries and a supple, savoury mid palate. Nice fine-grained tannins, complex palate with ... Learn More
  13. Rippon 'Jeunesse' Riesling 2019
    The Rippon Jeunesse Young Vine Riesling 2019 vintage is a stellar release; a kaleidoscope of flavours from lime to grapefruit, juicy and tart and sweet-sour all at once. So much length, great texture with an almost crunchy finish. Brilliant expression of ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  14. Amisfield Pinot Noir 2019
    Amisfield's flagship wine, has bright, focused dark fruits classic to the Central Otago region with a botanic note and a hint of cinnamon. The palate is broad, complex and lush with dark chocolate characters and gripping tannins on the finish. ... Learn More
  15. Rippon Riesling Mature Vines 2018
    A warm & productive summer put plenty of flesh on this wine. The fruit is issued from Rippon’s mature vines, whose root hairs have invaded the schist rock below. Lurking towards the end of the first mouthful is substantial phenolic ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  16. Rippon Gewurztraminer 2019
    It's rare to find a Gewurztraminer with such poise and exotic beauty. This is subtle, delicate and balanced with pinpoint precision. With maturing vines and a truly favourable year for Gewurz, this wine speaks with real accuracy and pride of ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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    James Suckling
  17. Rippon Riesling Mature Vines 2014
    A warm & productive summer put plenty of flesh on this wine. The fruit is issued from Rippon’s mature vines, whose root hairs have invaded the schist rock below. Lurking towards the end of the first mouthful is substantial phenolic ... Learn More
  18. Rippon Riesling Mature Vines 2019
    A warm & productive summer put plenty of flesh on this wine. The fruit is issued from Rippon’s mature vines, whose root hairs have invaded the schist rock below. Lurking towards the end of the first mouthful is substantial phenolic ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Suckling
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Burn Cottage 'Moonlight Race' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019
    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
  22. Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019
    A wonderful expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focussed Pinot Noir with great flavour and lovely soft tannin. A long ripening period has resulted in depth and concentration. The wine has spent 10 months in older French ... Learn More
  23. Prophet's Rock Home Pinot Noir 2018
    The foundation of this wine is our focus on delivering low-yielding concentrated fruit that expresses our vineyard. In the winery, we employ traditional old world techniques; the grapes are handled gently and the wines are fermented using only the indigenous ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  24. Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  25. Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  26. Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
  27. Rippon Gamay 2020
    It’s completely alive and quite beautiful. As much as we note that schist’s compression and foliated structure can issue wines of precision and detail, here schist’s refractive, luminous nature shines a direct, unadulterated light onto Gamay’s ... Learn More
    Rippon Gamay 2020
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    Mike Bennie
  28. Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2019
    Set against the backdrop of the majestic Pisa mountain range, Amisfield is one of the largest single estate vineyards in Central Otago. Classic Pisa sub regional flavours of deep, plush red and purple fruit. A nuanced palate, brought on by ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Cameron Douglas MS
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    James Suckling
  29. Rippon 'Rippon' Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017
    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
  30. Rippon 'Emma's Block' Pinot Noir 2018
    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. Vintage 2018 was the warmest year ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  31. Rippon 'Rippon' Mature Vine Cellar Release Pinot Noir 2012
    Rippon is a Wine issued from all of the fully developed Pinot Noir vines growing in this land. ... Learn More
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