A single vineyard dedicated exclusively to pinot noir

Grasshopper Rock is one of the world's southern most vineyards, established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to pinot noir. In establishing the vineyard, we searched for land that would provide the best conditions for consistently producing premium pinot noir in a distinctive Central Otago style.

The vineyard is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours by day and very cool temperatures by night and is sufficiently harsh and difficult to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frosts, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir.

Grasshopper Rock takes it name from the endangered protected species of grasshopper Sigaus childi found near the vineyard.
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2014 available online

  • 95 points - Bob Campbell MW
  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide
  • 91 points - The Wine Advocate
  • Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2016
  • Gold Medal - Sydney International Wine Competition

What they say about Grasshopper Rock

"A reputation as Central Otago's best value pinot noir" Bob Campbell MW

"Typically a wonderful buy" Michael Cooper, Wine Buyer's Guide

"One of the best Alexandra and Central Otago labels" Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 2016

A Classic Wine of New Zealand Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide

News & events

2017
Pinot Palooza Wellington - 20 January - Bookings
Pinot Noir NZ 2017 - 31 January - Waitlist
Grasshopper Rock is proud to be served on board Emirates and Air New Zealand business class.

2017 vintage season

January 5, 2017
27 September 2016 marked the start of season with budburst on hill block 2. At least 10 days earlier than last year which was one of our cooler winters. The mean temperature for Sep 2016 was 9.6 deg C. versus 7.2 deg for Sep 2015 so it was a noticeably warmer start to the season. October was averag...
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