At latitude 45° South, New Zealand’s Central Otago is the most southerly wine region in the world. Vineyards are planted between 200 and 400m above sea level, with vines often clinging precariously to the steep slopes and edges of deep river gorges. This is a region of climatic extremes with typically very hot summers, short autumns and bitterly cold winter days. The soils are rocky with easy drainage and poor fertility – challenging conditions for producing world-class cool climate wines. The unique terroir of Central Otago produces wines of extraordinary intensity and distinction that show varietal and regional definition.