What makes Central Otago wines so unique?
Distinctive landscapes make distinctive wines.
The semi-arid climate of Central Otago creates a combination of conditions ideal for Pinot Noir grapes. Long, cool, dry autumns, a large variation between maximum and minimum temperatures and soil conditions combine to develop a deep complexity to the wine.
Central Otago experiences the coldest, the driest and the hottest temperatures in the country. Far from being too tough for growing grapes, it is just about perfect and creates the unique terroir of Central Otago.
Central Otago is the southern-most grape-growing region in the world. Pinot Noir accounts for around 85% of plantings, with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer making up the majority of the rest. You will also find sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.