Black Ridge Vineyard

Pioneers, risk takers, brave, fighters. All words that have been used to describe the founders of Black Ridge, one of the southernmost vineyards and wineries in the world. Wine with a sense of place are hand crafted from our steep schist vineyard.

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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.

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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.


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Physical address

Black Ridge Vineyard, 76 Conroys Rd, Earnscleugh, Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand.

Opening times

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.

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