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Wanaka Wine Region

Great Tasting Wines from Wanaka – Just for You!

As some of you might be aware, the Central Otago of New Zealand wine region is the southernmost wine-producing region of the world and is best known for its Pinot Noir wines.

This Central Otago wine region that is lying in the southern tip of the country can be divided into multiple sub-regions with each one having its own climate, as well as characteristics.

Although Pinot noir cultivation takes up a major portion of the region’s vineyard area, there are some differences in the wine production within these sub-regions. Wanaka is one of the Central Otago’s wine sub-regions, which is very popular for its Pinot Noir wines.

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Let’s see what this sub-region has got for the wine lovers here…


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A Brief Introduction to Wanaka

In general, Wanaka is very famous as a ski and summer town in the Central Otago. This sub-region is located at the southernmost tip of the Lake Wanaka and is surrounded by mountains.

Wanaka is found to be the smallest of all the wine sub-regions of the Central Otago with its vineyards being planted between the banks of the Lake Wanaka and the town Luggate.

Most of the vineyards of Wanaka are found to be planted at about 290 to 320 meters above the sea level.

The climatic conditions experienced by the Wanaka sub-region are more or less similar to that of Gibbston. It is to be noted that this is one among the few regions in the country to experience a semi-continental climate.

The weather, which will be fairly dry and the rainfalls are favoring the growth of wine grapes in this region.

Popular Vineyards and Wines of Wanaka

In the Wanaka sub-region, two vineyards are world-famous: Rippon and Maude wines. Let’s see them in detail here:


It is to be mentioned here that Rippon of Wanaka is one among the Top 100 world wines list published by the Wines and Spirits Magazine.

More correctly, Rippon was one among the few elite wines. Rippon is involved in the cultivation of wine grapes for over three decades now.

Popular Wines of Rippon:

  • Rippon “Rippon” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2013: This is the wine that is produced from the fully grown Pinot noir grapes that are cultivated in the Rippon vineyards.
  • Rippon “Rippon” Mature Vine Riesling 2013: This is another wine variety that is produced using the fully grown Riesling grapes.
  • Rippon Gewürztraminer 2015: This wine is claimed to have a remarkable grace and clarity. This is produced by slow pressings, wild fermentation, and extended less contact.
  • Rippon Sauvignon Blanc 2015: This is a result of fermentation of around 40% of the wine in French barrels.

Other Wines from Rippon:

  • Rippon “Emma’s Block” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2013
  • Rippon “Tinker’s Field” Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2013
  • Rippon Gamay Noir 2014
  • Rippon “Jeunesse” Young Vine Pinot Noir 2013
  • Rippon “Jeunesse” Young Vine Riesling 2014
  • Rippon Osteiner 2015
  • Rippon Rosé 2012

Maude Wines:

This is a family-owned wine company that is famous for its hand-crafted wines. The estate vineyard of Maude was planted in the year 1994. Since the start, this company is continuously producing some great tasting wines.

Popular Wines of Maude:

  • Maude Pinot Noir 2014: This wine is known for its aromas of dark cherries, plums, and dried herbs. In addition, this wine would display a layer of fruit flavors on your palate.
  • Maude Pinot Gris 2014: The Pinot Gris wine of Maude would give the aromas of ripe pear, quince, and brioche. The rich texture of this wine is the result of pressing and barrel fermentation.
  • Maude Sauvignon Blanc 2014: This pure and strong wine would give the aromas of gooseberry, passion fruit, and lime peel.

Other Wines from Maude:

  • Maude, Mt Maude Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2014
  • Maude, Mt Maude Vineyard, Dry Riesling 2015
  • Maude, Mt Maude Vineyard, East Block Riesling 2015
  • Maude, Mt Maude Vineyard, Chardonnay 2014
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