Central Otago is located on the 45th parallel, similar in the southern hemisphere to Burgundy and Oregon in the northern hemisphere (47th and 45th respectively). Both Burgundy and Oregon are recognised as producing the world’s finest Pinot Noirs and over a very short time Central Otago has carved an enviable reputation that rivals the best these regions have to offer. Despite being a marginally cooler climate, Central Otago has hot summers and a lower rainfall over the ripening period. These factors allow the grapes to perfectly ripen over a long growing season without the associated disease risk common in wetter regions. To further investigate the weather in Central Otago, reveiw past weather summaries in the monthly weather archive. Alternatively, if you would like to know how good the growing season was for your favourite Central Otago wine visit vintage reports.
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