Spring is upon us and to many this means fresh grass growth, new-born lambs and the thought of Christmas shopping. For others however, spring is the perfect time to visit Central Otago and sample the latest offerings from our award winning vineyards.
Pinot Noir in Bannockburn
Central Otago is the most southerly region for grape growing in the world, and is internationally renown for its flagship variety Pinot Noir. Long, warm days and cool nights ripen the fruit and maintain freshness, and combined with the cleanest of air, minimal rainfall and sun drenched, hillside vineyards there is no wonder our Pinot is appreciated by wine lovers’ worldwide. And I haven’t yet mentioned our divine range of crisp, white wines.
The renowned, Gibbston Valley barrel room
Locally, we have two distinctive sub regions which our wine tours encompass on both half and full day tasting experiences:
Situated in the spectacular Kawarau gorge, Gibbston is the highest sub region, and its cooler climate and hillside vines ripen later than other areas giving lighter, though still intense wines.
Situated at the head of the Cromwell valley, the Bannockburn area provides one of the warmest, driest sites in the region producing a more distinctive and complex wine
Our very own WSET connoisseur, Mo Yang sampling Gibbston Valleys 2014 single vineyard Le Maitre
And never dismiss the underdog: Central Otago produces some very inspiring white wines from our stand out Riesling’s along with Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris of the aromatic variety, tightly structured and sophisticated Chardonnay and of course, our crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
Don't think you must travel far from your room: The Rees' extensive Bordeau Wine Cellar welcomes viewing
So book your flight, contact our Concierge and enjoy your relaxing springtime getaway in the heart of New Zealand wine country.