At latitude 45Â° South, New Zealand's Central Otago is the most southerly wine region in the world. With vineyards at 200 - 400m above sea level, vines cling 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. All these conditions are perfect for producing world-class Pinot Noir. The unique terrior of Central Otago produces wines of extraordinary intensity and distinction that show varietal and regional definition.