The Central Otago wine region lies on the southern 45th parallel in the South Island of New Zealand, making it the world’s southernmost winemaking region in the world. It is as well the country’s highest wine region with vineyards planted on an altitude between 200-400 metres above sea level, with the vines, settled amongst some of the world’s most spectacular alpine scenery. It is one of the first regions planted with grapes, and has the only continental climate zone in the country, with the large daily and seasonal temperature extremes typical of such geography and very suitable for its flagship grape variety the Pinot Noir which thrives here. Accompanying the Pinot Noir, Central Otago produces some highly regarded examples of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris, as well as some sparkling wines made in a Méthode Traditionnelle style. Central Otago is still a relatively young and small wine region on a world scale and has managed rapidly to emerge as one of the best in the country, with an excellent international reputation.
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