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THE UNFORGIVING CLIMATE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.

It takes a particular type of character to thrive in our extreme climate. The good news is, that character is the pinot noir grape. Central Otago is the highest, driest, hottest, coldest wine growing region on the planet. It also happens to produce some of the finest wines. While you can find them all over the world, right here is where they taste best.

It’s true, it's hard to say Central Otago without saying Pinot Noir, but what about succulent summer fruits, crisp apples, fruit juice nectars, organic vegetables, wild thyme, fragrant herbs, world class saffron, extra virgin olive oils, creative sweet treats, tender merino lamb, flavoursome game meat and tangy preserves?

The gastronomic boun­­ty produced here in Central Otago, forever breaks new frontiers: new varieties and new foods, flavour intensities, subtleties and combinations, technological innovation, and niche and international markets. While, tantalising aromas, unadulterated, vibrant flavours and authentic textures conjure notions of long hot summers, leisurely gatherings and laughter amongst friends and family.

Go on, discover our local flavours, and reward your tastebuds.

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Eat.Taste.Central

Head to Central Otago in Spring for the annual Eat.Taste.Central celebration. A month long event where you can take your palate to somewhere it hasn’t been before.

Wineries & Vineyards

It takes a particular type of character to thrive in our extreme climate. The good news is, that character is the pinot noir grape. Central Otago is the highest, driest, hottest, coldest wine growing region on the planet. It also happens to produce some of the finest wines. While you can find them all over the world, right here is where they taste best.

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Artisan Food Story

Artisan food makers, with their local markets and tiny stores, don’t require you to read the labels - they’re happy to share the knowledge of where, and how lovingly these products are made.

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