Our grapes for our single vineyard wines are sourced from the L’Attitude Vineyard, situated in the Pisa sub region of the Cromwell basin. This top quality vineyard is planted in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, and is certified sustainable through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) programme.
Nevis Bluff has a key role in the Central Otago wine industry and is aptly named the ‘Pinot Specialist’ - reflecting the vineyard’s ambition to produce distinctive Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines.
The world’s southernmost wine region is found in Central Otago, New Zealand, in the same 45 degree latitude as top winegrowing regions in France. Although many of the vineyards are covered in snow in the winter, the long hot summers are balanced with cool night-time temperatures encouraging a slow ripening, perfect for developing intense fruit flavours, characteristic of the area.
Central Otago has a long and romantic viticulture tradition. During the 1860’s goldrush the first wine was bottled from a vineyard near Clyde spearheaded by French immigrant Jean Desire Feraud. His foresight led to today’s widespread planting of wines in Central Otago.
Our soils are mainly free draining loess, schist and uncemented gravels. Annual rainfall is approximately 590mm and we are about 350 metres above sea level at 45 degrees South latitude.
Central Otago is fortunate enough to have sunshine hours averaging 1,921 to 2,250 hours per annum, which ensure ripeness and good acid structure for the resulting grapes. All grapes are hand harvested and low cropped, to ensure quality.