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Wine Basics By Region - Central Otago Print

Overview

Central Otago is New Zealand's highest and the world's most southerly wine region situated at latitude 45º south. Ringed by mountains and interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges, this is New Zealand’s most spectacular vineyard setting. The inland mountainous location provides a semi-continental climate with very cold winters, hot summers, cool night time temperatures and very low rainfall. This unique climate combined with the mostly glacially derived soils, with rich deposits of mica and schist, is ideally suited to Pinot Noir (80% of the plantings), producing expressive and elegant wines. The region also successfully produces a ariety of white wines including Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.