ABOUT CENTRAL OTAGO VINEYARDS
The most scenic wine region in New Zealand, Central Otago has much to offer. The region extends from Wanaka to Queenstown, Gibbston Valley, Cromwell, Bannockburn, Tarras and further east into Alexandra and beyond.
Our tours are designed to suit everyone, from novice tasters to connoisseurs. Let us know your tastes and we will do our best to satisfy them. Tasting wine at New Zealand wineries is not a pretentious experience. The emphasis is on enjoying the wine, learning about the vineyard and its people and leaving with a little more understanding of the complex process that is wine making. Some of the wineries we visit are listed below.
Archangel is a communion of all things that truly matter. Family and friends coming together to share the spirit of place and celebrating special moments that evoke great memories. Visit to hear the fabulous story that is a true story of hope, love and survival!
Bannock Brae Estate is the fulfilment of Catherine & Crawford’s dream to live in sunny Central Otago and produce world-class Pinot Noir. From the very beginning the pursuit of quality has determined every decision made on the vineyard and in the winemaking process. Over ten vintages, Bannock Brae’s Central Otago Pinot Noir has been awarded more than 20 Gold medals and ‘Champion Wine of the Show’ in NZ wine competitions. On this basis, it is New Zealand’s most-awarded single vineyard Pinot Noir producer.
Swallows Crossing is a family owned vineyard making a range of highly acclaimed Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling wines. All varieties are single vineyard grown. Swallows Crossing Vineyard is named after its winged summer visitor and its unique locale. The Welcome Swallow feeds where Southern Maori once crossed the Clutha on their trade exchanges from coast to coast.
Wooing Tree is a family owned single vineyard site, situated in the heart of Central Otago next to the town of Cromwell and opposite the “Big Fruit Sculpture”. The location gives a perfect mix of various sub-regional climates and optimum heat degree-days. Visit and learn about the The Wooing Tree story! It has long been a place for locals to woo their lovers, and if it could talk, would have many a story to tell!
Aurum is a family owned and run vineyard that features stunning wines and beautiful gardens. The Tasting Room garden is anchored with an enormous walnut tree and is packed with old fashioned roses and perennials. The spring garden features daffodils, hyacinths and tulips followed by a wide range of herbacious peonies.
Chard Farm is one of the earliest pioneers in the Gibbston valley, it was formerly a market garden set up by the Chard family in the early 1860’s to feed the local gold miners as they passed by on their way to Arrowtown and Queenstown. Experience the road which was formed through sheer bluffs and used to be part of the old main coach link between Queenstown and Cromwell.
Granted a moment of custodianship, the primary interest of all who work and live at Rippon is to do justice to this remarkable piece of land. In 1982 Rolfe and his wife Lois planted the first block of vines with the express interest of growing high quality wine and released their first commercial vintage in 1989. The land continues to be farmed by the Mills family, together with dedicated long-term staff. The views from the tasting room are exquisite!
Carrick wines, are grown and made inBannockburn. In 1993 Carrick’s first vineyard was planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc on the north facing Cairnmuir Terraces surrounded by the waters of Lake Dunstan.
Wild Earth produces some delectable examples of the regions Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir Rose. The Restaurant is a truly unique experience. Tapas inspired, the foodincorporates both traditional and wild foods in each of the dishes that are carefully crafted around mouth-watering wines.
Aitken’s Folly is the small 3 ha family vineyard of Fiona Aitken and husband Ian Percy, former oil industry geologists who moved from the U.K. to Central Otago for a family friendly lifestyle. Situated on the outskirts of Wanaka, the ‘Riverbank Road’ vineyard was planted in 2009 with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Named after New Zealand’s largest quartz deposit that lies beneath the vineyards at Bendigo Station, Quartz Reef has become the vessel for what winemaker Rudi Bauer calls – his search to make wines which exhibit “a symphony of flavours” that “capture attention and entertain so that you forget everything else” Specializing in exceptional Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Chardonnay MethodeTraditionnelle.
Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. The region is renowned for its stunning scenery of rugged mountains and picturesque lakes. Nestled on the 45th parallel they share a climate that is similar to Burgundy, the great Pinot Noir producing region of the world. All Rockburn wines exhibit strong varietal characteristics, highlighted in the white varieties by crisp acids, which are typical of the region.
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