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Central Otago in 12 wines

Stephen Wong, The Post

A Master of Wine shares essential sips from a region that continues to make New Zealand wine globally renowned.
Central Otago Pinot Noir stands alongside Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as New Zealand’s great vinous success story.

Despite being a “younger” wine region — its modern viticultural history dating back to the pioneers of the early 1980s like Alan Brady, Anne Pinckney and the late Rolfe Mill — it has risen rapidly to establish itself internationally as the region for premium NZ pinot noir.

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The New Zealand region with vineyards to rival Burgundy

The Telegraph

The world’s most southerly commercial vine-growing region, Central Otago produces a pinot noir considered among the finest on earth.

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2024 results revealed

Decanter

Decanter World Wine Awards 2024 results have been published today (19 June), showing all medal winners in this year’s competition.

‘Picture yourself in the biggest wine shelf of the world, and next to you there are the best wine experts, holding your hand and helping you to make the best decision possible,’ described wine consultant and judge Agnes Csiba Herczeg, encapsulating the significance of Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) results.

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4 Must-Visit Pinot Noir Producers in New Zealand’s Central Otago Valley

Hemispheres

Crisp, tangy sauvignon blanc is the wine most often associated with New Zealand, but in the gorgeous Central Otago Valley, on the lower half of Te Waipounamu (the Maori name for the South Island), pinot noir grows to near-perfection. Here are must-visit pinot producers for four types of travelers to the picturesque region.

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Flying the flag for Gibbston wine

Otago Daily Times

Following invites from a number of notable Americans who visited Coxs’ Vineyard this past summer, co-owner Simon Cox is about to showcase his premium Gibbston wine in the States.

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Felton Road: Winery of the Year New Zealand 2024

The Real Review

Felton Road is the Real Review Winery of the Year New Zealand for 2024.

Last year Felton Road was third, in 2022 fifth, in 2021 third, in 2020 fourth, in 2019 third, and in 2018 sixth. In seven years, its lowest ranking was sixth. I cannot think of a more deserving winery occupying the top slot. Well done, proprietor Nigel Greening and chief winemaker Blair Walter.

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Grape to Glass | Cox’s Vineyard

Restaurant & Cafe

Over 25 years ago, Doug Cox took a leap of faith. He purchased land in Gibbston and joined a small group of like-minded individuals prepared to try growing Pinot Noir.

Two decades later, Simon Cox and Leah Seifert stepped into his shoes, driven by a shared passion and deep respect for Doug Coxs' legacy. They took over his contract grape-growing business and, with unwavering dedication, laid the foundation of Coxs' Vineyard.

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Central Otago Winery Te Kano Wins Agri-Science Award At The Farm Environment Awards On The Weekend

Scoop

Central Otago wine company Te Kano Estate takes out the Agri-Science award at the Farm Environment Awards. "Guided by a strong vision that places equal importance on life, land, and legacy."

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Pinot Noir project ‘state of the art’

Otago Daily Times

There’s a new kid on the winemaking block in the Alexandra Basin.
Wild Irishman Wines — the former Weaver Estate winery — has begun processing fruit from the 2024 vintage.

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Grape Expectations

Otago Daily Times

The 2024 harvest’s off to a grape start at Gibbston Valley Winery (GVW).
Chief winemaker Christopher Keys says they started picking at the end of last month — it’s the first time in six years they’ve made that call, and just the second time in the 18 years he’s been at GVW they’ve gone so early.

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International interns drawn to Central Otago

Otago Daily Times

As the grape harvest begins this month, Central Otago is the place to be for wine industry interns, here to learn about New Zealand’s wine culture.

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Central Otago Distillers And Winemakers Combine To Create Unique New Zealand Vintage Vermouth

Scoop

Two of New Zealand’s leading wine and spirits companies have combined their expertise to create two of the country’s first vintage vermouths.

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