The wines here are hard-won given our inhospitable climate. Situated at a cool 46o South, Central Otago’s high altitudes, cool climate, infertile soils and brief but warm summers grow wines of great purity and intensity. Our summers are short and intensely warm, and our winters are often sub-zero, snowy and frosty. With temperatures ranging from -3o in winter to 24o in summer, Central Otago can be a pretty fairly brutal place to grow vines. Yet from this unlikely region, exceptional vines grow.
Situated at 46o South, Central Otago is the world’s southernmost grape-growing region. The distinctive mountainous terrain means each vineyard has a unique climate, aspect and altitude, resulting in wines that are equally distinctive. Wine growing locations in the region include Gibbston, Bannockburn, Alexandra, Bendigo and Cromwell.
This area is equally famed for its stunning views and tourist attractions. With Queenstown, Alexandra and Wanaka as must-sees for any overseas visitors, Central Otago may be of the few places in the world you can bungy jump, fly-fish, ski, and dine at a vineyard, all in the same day.