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A decision to grow varieties found in similar latitudes in the northern hemisphere was wise. Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Chardonnay were chosen with a stab at Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
After many years of learning, experimenting and perseverance Black Ridge had its first proper harvest in 1985 and first commercial vintage in 1988, making its vines some of the oldest in the region, yielding wines with true terroir of the steep schist hills on which the vines are planted. A winery was established in 1992 and soon Black Ridge became one of the icons of Central Otago wine production.
Our cellar door is open daily from 11am for wine tasting and sales. Vineyard tours for groups of 6 or more also available by prior arrangement.
Black Ridge Vineyard, 76 Conroys Rd, Earnscleugh, Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand.
- Business hours:
- 7 days a week
- Months of operation:
- All months of the year
Facilities and Features
- Proximity to airport:
- 85 km from Queenstown airport
- Proximity to town:
- 5km to Alexandra and Clyde
Pricing and Conditions
- Age restriction:
- Further pricing information:
- Wine Tasting is restricted to 18 years and over.