Winemakers of Central Otago

  • Rippon

    Rippon Vineyard was the dream of Rolfe and Lois Mills, pioneers of wine in Central Otago.  Experimental vines were planted in 1974, but the bulk of the vineyard was planted in 1982 with Pinot Noir representing  40% of the vineyard.  The first commercial vintage was produced in 1988. Winemaker Nick Mills, son of Rolfe and [...]

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  • Quartz Reef

    Planted on New Zealand’s largest quartz deposit, Quartz Reef specializes in the creation of exceptional Sparkling Wine and Pinot Noir. Once the focus of a gold strike in the 1860’s this site is now a thriving vineyard. The north-facing vineyard is situated to absorb the heat of the sun and the heat retaining properties of [...]

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  • Kawarau Estate

    Located beneath the magnificent Pisa Range in the heart of Central Otago, Kawarau Estate (pronounced “ka-wah-rauw”) is owned by Charles Finny and Wendy Hinton.  Believing that producing organic wine would be the best expression of the terroir of Central Otago, they achieved full organic certification before their first vintage in 1996 and are the only [...]

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