Central Otago is now established on the International Wine Map with greatest emphasis on Pinot Noir and it offers New Zealand's only true continental climate. It is the southern-most grape growing region in New Zealand and the first wine grapes were planted here in 1864. Despite the viticultural potential, wine grapes were not commercially grown for more than a century. The first commercial release of a Pinot Noir from Central Otago was the 1987 vintage from Alan Brady at Gibbston Valley winery.
South River Vineyard is situated on Maori Point Road between picturesque Wanaka and Cromwell. It has a total area of 45.81 ha with a planted area of 31.31 ha. This comprises of 20.3 (approx) in Pinot Noir and 11.01 ha (approx) in Pinot Gris.
There is a management contract in place with a local viticulture management company and there are options within this agreement for various levels of involvement from a vendor. The vineyard development has improving yields and returns, and to add financial confidence, a grape supply contract is in place.