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.

2015 Available online

  • 95 points - Bob Campbell MW
  • 19.0/20- Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
  • 4 1/2 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide
  • 90+ points - The Wine Advocate

2011 5+ years bottle age


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

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2017 vintage

May 3, 2017
2017 was the coolest vintage for at least 15 years. The unusually warm September was followed by a good October and then a period of below average temperatures through until late February. Fortunately flowering was good but the cooler weather during berry development meant bunch sizes were below av...
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News & events

Grasshopper Rock now available Ontario, Canada. LCBO Vintages - June Classic Collection. Selling out fast. Link to online purchase here
Grasshopper Rock is proud to be served on Emirates.