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. Grasshopper Rock is grown, made and bottled in Central Otago, from Pinot noir grapes, sourced exclusively from our 7.8ha Earnscleugh vineyard.

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

"There’s something very appealing about Grasshopper Rock. The focus on the single wine, the very reasonable pricing, the sheer ordinariness of it all. And I mean that as a true compliment; no glamorous winery, nothing flash at all but instead a producer quietly getting on with making wine." Jane Skilton MW

"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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2018 vintage

February 19, 2018
Summary.  An interesting and very successful season.2017/18 was our most extreme season yet. Serious frosts in the weeks before budburst followed by unprecedented heat mid-season and finishing with a -5° C frost in mid-April. Not every year thanks!One of the hottest Central Otago summers on ...
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News & events

The 13th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 25-27 January 2018 (SOLD OUT)

Grasshopper Rock is one of 34 participating wineries. We look forward to sharing some of our earliest and latest wines with you.
Thursday: Grand Opening Night on the Terrace - enjoy our 2006 vintage.
Friday morning: Grand Tasting - taste 2016 and 2010 vintages.
Friday evening: Dinner at The Grill - enjoy our 2010 vintage
Saturday evening: Grand Dinner - enjoy our 2013 vintage

Grasshopper Rock Club

Grasshopper Rock Club guarantees you delivery of one case of each new vintage and special Club pricing.


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