Best winery for pinot noir: Brennan Wines
The wine that Central Otago is best known for is pinot noir. It’s a big call picking a favourite from so many sensational options. But if it has to be done, my recommendation is Brennan Wines Pinot Noir. It is a small boutique winery that knows how to make exceptional wine. As a bonus, they have a relaxed outdoor area that’s perfect for sharing a lunchtime platter with friends.
Best winery for views: Chard Farm
The drive up to Chard Farm opens up spectacular views across Gibbston and the Kawarau River. It’s worth the trip for the view alone, but while you’re there it would be a crime not to visit their cellar door. It’s a good spot to try the local style of Chardonnay. Even though Chardonnay is often grown in similar areas to Pinot Noir, it is not common in Central Otago.