CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND

FOUNDED IN 1998

The Essence of Central Otago

Located at the foot of our namesake mountain, Mt Difficulty is one of Central Otago’s leading artisan winegrowers with a pioneering heritage in the Bannockburn sub-region.


Part of our uniqueness stems from Mount Difficulty itself, which creates a particular microclimate for our vineyards. Located at the southern end of the Cromwell Basin, Bannockburn has a narrow range of heat summation, large diurnal shifts, and long, cool, dry autumns. It is because of this our Pinot Noirs show a true reflection of place.


We were among the first to plant vineyards on the south bank of the Kawarau River, and today our terroir-driven wines have helped establish Bannockburn as one of the world’s premier Pinot Noir regions. Sourcing fruit from 187 acres of some of the region’s oldest and best-suited vineyards, our winemaking philosophy stresses ethical viticulture and minimal intervention to produce Pinot Noirs that express their personality and reflect their unique home.

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