Central Otago is New Zealand's highest and the world's most southerly wine region. Wines with altitude is the slogan of one winemaker. It is also New Zealand's only true continental climate with greater extremes of daily and seasonal temperatures than are found in any of the country's maritime regions.
Soil structures also vary dramatically from those of other regions with heavy deposits of mica and schists in silt loams.
A new, but aggressively expanding wine area, Central Otago is now New Zealand's seventh largest wine region. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape variety, a status that seems certain to be maintained if demand and accolades are any measure. Chardonnay ranks second with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling a distant third and fourth.
The wines of Central Otago have a purity, intensity and vibrancy that seems totally appropriate to anyone who has visited the region and breathed the pure mountain air.
Otago Boutique Wine Tours
The region is all about scenery and experience. The beauty of the surrounding and the pureness of it will add a new dimension to the wine tasting experience in Otago.
You’ll see the real drama in the scenery, hear the pristine silence of the high country, savour the scent of pure clean air and feel the pulse of the heart of Central Otago. And appreciating the many aspects of Central Otago's viticulture and lifestyle isn't something you can do in a big group.
Twilight in the Tussock
The beauty of the Central Otago hills at sunset is truly spectacular and our Twilight in the Tussock experience captures its true grandeur in this in-credible sub-alpine environment. You will travel by comfortable 4WD vehicle to an amazing viewpoint high above Lake Wanaka. Open a bottle of fine Central Otago Pinot and sit back in a comfortable chair, sample our tasty cheese platter and take in the ever-changing landscape as the setting sun casts a myriad of shadows and colour changes over the Southern Alps and Lake Wanaka far below.