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. Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    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
  2. Valli Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    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
  3. Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    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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  4. Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
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  7. Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
    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
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    Bob Campbell MW
  8. 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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  9. Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2019
    Winemaker Blair Walter describes the wines of 2019 as ‘astonishing quality’. The 2019 Bannockburn Pinot Noir punches well above its Bannockburn ‘village’ designation, being a blend of Felton Road’s four primely situated vineyards: Cornish Point, Calvert, MacMuir and The Elms. 20% was ... Learn More
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Rockburn Eleven Barrels Parkburn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Rockburn Eleven Barrels; the name says it all really. Every year we fill hundreds of French oak barrels with Pinot Noir, and every year I search for those individual barrels that most eloquently speak of site and season. We present ... Learn More
  13. Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2019
    Winemaker Blair Walter describes the wines of 2019 as ‘astonishing quality’ This 2019 Cornish Point Pinot Noir is from a vineyard near to the new Cromwell township, where the close proximity to water creates a unique microclimate. As we have come to ... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. Rippon 'Emma'S Block' Pinot Noir 2017
    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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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Felton Road Block 3 Pinot Noir 2019
    Winemaker Blair Walter describes the wines of 2019 as ‘astonishing quality’ The 2019 Block 3 Pinot Noir, from the original plantings by Stewart Elms in Felton Road in 1991, is possibly one of the greatest yet! Located on a gentle north facing slope where ... Learn More
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  19. 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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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  20. Rippon 'Tinker'S Field' Pinot Noir 2017
    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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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  21. 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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  22. Rippon 'Tinker'S Field' 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. Tinker's Field is named after Nick's grandfather, and is the most exposed and warm site. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  23. 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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  24. ONLINE TASTING PACK - RIPPON TASTING WITH NICK MILLS THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 6.30PM

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 1st of October 2020.

    The Mills family have been making ... Learn More

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    James Suckling
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    Mike Bennie
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  25. 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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  26. ONLINE TASTING PACK - TWO WEEK CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT TOUR THURSDAY 28TH JAN/4TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    In hopeful preparation for a real trip to New Zealand, we're going to take you on a virtual tour of the famous Central Otago! Across our two sessions, we'll travel ... Learn More

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    Huon Hooke
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  27. ONLINE TASTING PACK - TWO WEEK CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT TOUR PLUS BREAKOUT ROOM WINE THURSDAY 28TH JAN/4TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack includes a 7th wine to be tasted at the end of the second week in a smaller group setting within the zoom breakout room for a chance to ... Learn More

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    James Suckling
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    Huon Hooke
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