The world's most southerly wine region


Central Otago

Central Otago is New Zealand's highest and the world's most southerly wine region and is now New Zealand's fifth largest wine region. It is also New Zealand's only true semi-continental climate with greater extremes of daily and seasonal temperatures than are found in any of the country's maritime regions. Soil structures vary dramatically from those of other regions with heavy deposits of mica and schists in silt loams.

Central Otago has developed a reputation for producing some of the world’s best Pinot Noirs, rivalling its original Burgundy roots. International wine commentator Jancis Robinson has gone as far as describing the region as where “many believe the Pinot grail is to be found”. The combination of a cool climate, aged soil and superior winemaking creates an elegant, world-class wine with great ageing potential.