What grape is Central Otago best known for?
Pinot noir is the leading grape variety in Central Otago, estimated to account for some 70% of plantings. The other 30% of production comes from Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Pinot gris, and Gewürztraminer.
Why is Central Otago a challenging region for winemaking?
It is a fragmented region with a consistently harsh climate and climate change is already amplifying inherent problems here; vineyard land is being built on and sold; there’s been a spate of incoming corporate buy-outs and land prices are escalating.
Which is the oldest wine producing area in New Zealand?
The Hawke’s Bay wine region is New Zealand’s oldest and second-largest wine-production region, on the east coast of the North Island. Production reached 41,000 tonnes in 2018 from 4,681 hectares (11,570 acres) of planted vines, representing 10.2% of total national production.
Why is Central Otago good for Pinot Noir?
Surrounded by mountains, Central Otago boasts a cool climate that is uniquely protected from the wet coastal weather on either side. We have hot dry summers, cool dry winters and plenty of sunshine hours. All this combines to yield Pinot Noirs that are smooth, silky and complex.
What was the first winery to open in Central Otago?
the Monte Christo winery
The earliest growing of vines in the region had been during the 1860s at the Monte Christo winery in Clyde by Frenchman Jean Desire Feraud who produced wines for the local population which was swelling on the back of the gold rush.
Is Central Otago cool climate?
Surrounded by mountains, Central Otago boasts a cool climate that is uniquely protected from the wet coastal weather on either side. We have hot dry summers, cool dry winters and plenty of sunshine hours.
Where was the first vineyard in NZ?
It wasn’t until around 1836 that the first grapes were bought into New Zealand. The oldest existing vineyard was established in the Hawke’s Bay, Mission Estate.
What is the wine capital of NZ?
Marlborough is by far the largest wine region in New Zealand, accounting for three-quarters of the country’s total wine production and 70% of its planted vineyard area. Internationally it is also the most recognised, its wines accounting for 85% of New Zealand’s 2019 wine exports.
What is the best Central Otago Pinot Noir?
Terra Sancta Slapjack Block Pinot Noir 2019.
What is the best Pinot Noir in New Zealand?
Felton Road Wines Calvert Pinot Noir 2019.