McBride Sisters Collection Reserve Wines
"Besides being visually stunning, Central Otago is located at the magical latitude for Pinot Noir and Gamay - it’s the mirror image of Burgundy, France in the Northern Hemisphere.”
- Andréa McBride John
The Southernmost Winegrowing Region in the World
The Central Otago wine growing region in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand is sensory overload with its stunning lakes, winding rivers, steep canyons and majestic snow-capped mountains.
Located on the 45th latitude South, making it the southernmost winegrowing region in the world, Central Otago is the mirror image of the world’s other top Pinot Noir regions, Burgundy and Oregon, in the Northern Hemisphere.
Despite its location near Milford Sound, one of the wettest places on earth, Central Otago benefits from a unique, arid, continental climate.
The Southern Alps mountain range protects the region from rain, and the vines, forced to grow deep into the mineral-rich soils in search of moisture, flourish amongst these soaring slopes.
Extreme temperature shifts, up to 25 C (77 F) in a day, allow the grapes to ripen in warm, bright sunshine before the cold nights seal in varietal character, fruit intensity, color and acidity.