Our Bannockburn Cellar Door is closed Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November. 

Our Bannockburn Cellar Door is open Monday 3rd June for Queens Birthday weekend.  We promise to have a few special wines in store for anyone who wishes to visit!

The Bannockburn Akarua Cellar Door is now closed for weekends over the winter period. 

Akarua Celebrates Completing 20 Harvests - Akarua Celebrates 20 Harvests

The 2019 harvest was a very special one for our Akarua team, marking a staggering twenty years since our first harvest back in 1999.

When founder Sir Clifford Skeggs acquired our home site on Cairnmuir Road back in 1996, despite being a largely white varietal drinker, he knew that planting Pinot Noir was the key to success. The continental climate lent itself greatly to growing Pinot and in particular, the Bannockburn terroir would go on to become the 'holy grail' of the central Otago viticulture world. Being amongst the first to invest in the area meant we were able to secure premium sites from the early days, and have had sole control over our vines for the past twenty years.

Rising from humble beginnings as a 'rough and tough boy from Bluff', Cliff was a successful entrepreneur with interests in fishing, farming, aviation but the wine industry provided an exciting new challenge. Now under the guidance of Clifford's son, David, Akarua has grown in both size and reputation to become one of the regions most recognized producers.

Pictured Below, Sir Clifford aboard his Oyster vessel tucking into a Bluff delicacy! 

Introducing 25 Steps Pinot Noir...

Be one of the first to try Akarua’s new range, '25 Steps'.

An ancient glacial slope carved with 800m long terraces, two rows of vine per step, a 120m elevation change, aspects facing the four points of the compass and a wild mix of pinot noir clones from Pommard and Dijon make up the nine hectare single vineyard called “Twenty- Five Steps”. Our Viticulturalist calls it a “terroir field blend” – the variety coming from a wide spectrum of soil types, exposure and clones, rather than multiple grape varietals. An ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vineyard with surprises around every corner


This video captures the unique beauty of this site and its intriguing terroir, we would love for you to check it out!

Click here to watch

The Akarua Bannockburn Cellar Door will be closed for Anzac Day, Thursday 25th April 2019.

New Domestic and International Sales Manager

We are so glad to introduce to you Akarua's amazing new Domestic and International Sales Manager, Zoë Ladyman, who started with us on the 15th January. Zoë has such an extensive and exciting background in wine  - just read her bio below. To be honest we don’t know how we will keep up – but we will try!

Zoë has recently relocated with her family from Melbourne. For three years there, she has been doubling sales of the clever Vinous portfolio to the best restaurants and wine stores of Victoria and Tasmania, and telling the stories of wines from, amongst others, France, Austria, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and most remotely – Georgia.

Previously, Zoë built and co-directed Libertine Restaurantwith husband Nick Creswick for eight years which was awarded one ‘Chef’s Hat’ and ‘Best Short Wine List’ (first of award of this kind) in 2007 and 3rd place for ‘Wine List of the Year’ in 2010 The Age Good Food Guide.  She opened and co-directed Le Traiteur between 2010 and 2012 whose heavily buttered croissants featured favourably in The Age 2011 Cheap Eats Guide. She was awarded Wine Selector Magazine 2006 ‘Sommelier of the Year’ and was Electrolux ‘Young Restaurateur’ Finalist in 2009. Zoë was the pioneer sommelier at Ezard and carved out the role in 2004; and before that at Terence Conran’s Bibendum in London for three years, recommending wine to Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Rush, Brian Ferry, Salman Rushdie and Dame Judy Dench amongst names worth dropping.  In 2002, she worked as 'stage' Assistant Winemaker in Bordeaux at ‘La Fleur de Boüard’ (owned by Hubert de Boüard of Chateau Angelus) in Lalande de Pomerol.

Seeking her next challenge, Zoë was thrilled to accept the role of Domestic and International Sales Manager at Akarua and is looking forward to going deeply down the rabbit hole into the minute details of each vineyard, parcel and row (good luck with that Zoe – it might take you a while to cover 123 ha’s)! She is looking forward to spreading the good word of Akarua as far and as wide as possible.

She and Nick have two children, aged 10 and 8 who are very excited to be out of the big smoke and amongst the mountains of Central Otago. When not cosily inside a wine glass, you’ll find her running the trails of the spectacular alpine countryside around her new home town of Wanaka.

Akarua Kolo Pinot Noir 2015 ranked 5 stars and 97 points by MW Bob Campbell

Master of Wine recently reviewed our first release of our Kolo Pinot Noir and this was awarded a fantastic 97 points and a top 5 ranking of all rated Pinot Noir from 2015. Bob explains "Kolo is a two-hectare vineyard site on Felton Road planted in Dijon clones of pinot noir. This is a tight, yet powerful pinot noir with wonderful energy and vibrance. An appealing aroma leads to cherry, plum, violet, spice and anise flavours. The wine has a fantastically silken and ethereal texture"

Bannockburn Maori legend tells the story of Kolo, a young boy who bravely defended his Mother and sister from a menacing Bouakai eagle.  Our Kolo block, situated on the presitigous Felton Road, has been chosen for its unique location, soils and history of producing outstanding quality fruit. Akarua Kolo Pinot Noir 2015 has been produced from only the best four barrels taken from this single block property, chosen for being truly representative of our site, the vintage and Bannockburn Pinot Noir. 

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