Central Otago Winegrowers Association

Central Otago Winegrowers is a collaborative association of grape growers and winemakers from Cromwell, Queenstown, Wānaka Gibbston, Bannockburn, Bendigo, Alexandra and the surrounding area. We strive to create strong bonds and synergies within our industry, our communities and with our environment, so we can produce the world's greatest Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé, Sparkling and other wines.

Central Otago Winegrowers  aims to Connect, Enrich and Promote Central Otago to strengthen our members, community, and environment for generations to come. We Connect the local wine industry and our community to create unity and build a culture of inclusion, collaboration, diversity, mutual respect and understanding amongst our members. COWA Enriches our members, wine producers, environment and community through proactive best practice, education and knowledge sharing, and supporting ingenuity and expertise. We Promote Central Otago to elevate the reputation, awareness and desirability of our wines, region and brand by sharing our stories and experiences with the world.

Varieties as a proportion of total vineyard area:

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Central Otago Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir reigns supreme in Central Otago

Central Otago Pinot Noir is world-famous (not just in New Zealand) but the many white wines, sparkling and other varieties we make deserve equal praise. The cool-climate conditions are perfect for Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and more....

Experience Harvest in Central Otago

If you’re looking for healthy outdoor work surrounded by million dollar views, seasonal work is available in Central Otago on the many vineyards spread across the region.

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