5. What are the defining features of fine Central Otago wine?
Central Otago wine is defined by pinot noir. For reasons we are still learning to understand this variety loves our conditions and performs better than in most other parts of the world. In our short, 30-year history as a wine region we have developed an international reputation for the quality of our pinot noir.
So, the defining features? At its best, elegance, vibrant fruit and a silky structure, which can reflect the different characters of our various sub regions.
6. What do you think is the quintessential Queenstown wine experience?
Take a guided wine tour out to Gibbston and beyond. Lying at Queenstown’s front door, the ‘Valley of Vines’ is a clearly defined sub-region of the overall Central Otago wine region where geographically and climatically diverse and exciting wine experiences lie within easy reach.
If you are driving it’s less than half an hour to wine country and a variety of tasting rooms, large and small, as well as several fine vineyard restaurants. If pinot’s not your thing try it anyway. You’ll also find some very good chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris, and some lesser-known varieties.