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Central Otago

The winegrowing region in New Zealand is located in the southeast of South Iceland. For example, there are the subregions Gibbston Valley, Queenstown and Wanaka. The vineyards cover 1,253 hectares of vineyards. These extend partly beyond the 45th parallel to the south, so these are the southernmost vineyards of the world. As the only New Zealand winegrowing region, continental, cool climate prevails with relatively large seasonal and daily temperature differences. To reduce the risk of frost, the vineyards are often in slopes created. The dominant grape variety with three-quarters of the area is Pinot Noir, followed by Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. It is a fast growing winegrowing area that many North Island producers invest in. Well-known producers include Akarua, Black Ridge, Chard Farm, Dry Gully's Vineyards, Felton Road, Gibbston Valley, Mount Difficulty, Mount Edward, Peregrine, Quartz Reef, Rippon and Waitiri Creek.

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