Central Otago is famous for its fine wines. Situated on the 45 parallel, the long hot summers and cold winters provide the perfect conditions for producing world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Rose wines.
Recent rapid expansion means grapes now dominate cherries and apricot orchards. The extreme climate has rewarded careful site selection with wines of great intensity and finesse and there is increasing focus on sub- regional expression. he remarkable landscape of soaring snow-capped mountains and glittering rivers deep within ravines (this was gold rush territory in the 1800s) draws visitors from far and wide who are invariably further captivated by the excellent cellar door facilities and wine-focused tourism opportunities.
There are numerous wine tours available, we recommend The Funny French Cars Wine Tours, Ridgeline Wine Tours & Wanaka Wine Tours.