Central Otago is in snow country where Pinot Noir is king in New Zealand’s southernmost wine region. Here, wineries are recognised for typical cool climate Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Travel here to ski, to experience excellent accommodation and fine dining. Also come here to relax and sip a Pinot by the fire in the evening and to join the wine tours the following day. Take time off from skiing and visit the cellar doors to experience wines of great intensity and finesse.
Central Otago is New Zealand’s southernmost wine region, and is home to big mountains, pristine lakes, and dramatic skies. Easily accessible through Queenstown Airport, any season is a good time to visit Central Otago. Cozy up to the fire with a glass of Pinot Noir after hitting the slopes in the winter, or cycle to the wineries for some earned indulgence in the summer. Exceptional dining options are endless in Queenstown and Central Otago. The winery restaurants are setting the precedent in fine dining. Each of the six sub-regions of Central Otago have unique and compelling wine tours and cellar doors. They provide much to be discovered in this part of the South Island.
All of the main winegrowing sub-regions lie within close reach. Furthermore they feature distinctive mountainous terrain providing each with a unique climate, aspect and altitude. Pinot Noir flourishes in the Central Otago. There are a variety of stunning expressions being crafted in the numerous sub-regions. Most noteworthy the region is also renowned for producing excellent aromatics, Chardonnay also Sauvignon Blanc. Historically noted as ‘pre-eminently suitable’ for winemaking the region’s first Gold Medal was for Burgundy in 1881. Stonefruit prevailed until a resurgence in the 1950s. This was followed by a significant commitment by the 1970s. Winegrowing pioneers, enduring today in names such as Chard Farm, Rippon, Black Ridge and Gibbston Valley.
Central Otago is a tourism stronghold because it captivates visitors with a wide range of excellent cellar door facilities in addition to wine-tourism activities.