Central Otago Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & Pinot Rosé

Grown, made and bottled in Central Otago

The Grasshopper Rock story

Planted in 2003, Grasshopper Rock is one of the world's southern most vineyards, dedicated exclusively to Central Otago pinot noir. Pinot Gris and Rose are made from grapes sourced from other Central Otago vineyards.

The vineyard is on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours and very cool nighttime temperatures. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frost, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir.

Grasshopper Rock takes it name from an endangered grasshopper, Sigaus childi, found near the vineyard.

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2017

Wine reviews

Bob Campbell MW


This is a classic Grasshopper Rock pinot noir with the volume turned up. It's richer, fleshier and more approachable than usual but has the distinctive cherry, violet, herb and mineral Grasshopper Rock signature. 25 Sep 2020. Drink 2020–2030.

Cameron Douglas MS


A complex and intriguing bouquet of Pinot Noir with suggestions of ripe red berry fruits, layers of wood spice and dried herbs, a dark rose and lavender combination, a deep seated earthy quality and most importantly Pinosity and charm.

Rebecca Gibb MW


This has great colour and is beautifully fragrant. It's fresh, elegant yet ripe, with gorgeous violet, blackberry and raspberry coulis flavours. Lovely skin and seed tannins coat the palate like cocoa powder, and there's no edginess evident. Drinking Window 2019 – 2030


Grasshopper Rock Pinot Gris 2020 ranked #1 of 41 2020 NZ pinot gris by The Real Review. Bob Campbell MW, 5 Nov 2020.

2021 vintage

Mean monthly temperatures have been close to average but a cold front and snow produced extremely cold conditions on 29 September. 135 mm of rain at New Year was a surprise compared average monthlyRead more

Awards and reviews - Grasshopper Rock 2017

Competition Awards GOLD medal   95/100 Decanter World Wine Awards GOLD medal - NZ Wine of the Year Awards Accolades Fine Wines of New Zealand 2019 Classic Wine of New Zealand - Michael CooperRead more

Grasshopper Rock from the air

On an autumn day in Central Otago the air is crisp and clear and the colours vibrant. It is the ideal time to be airborne and capture some views of Grasshopper Rock. Our friend Roger Bennett capturedRead more

2020 vintage

Summary The 2020 was one of the more difficult vintages due to the cold weather and the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Spring started normally but weather events turned against us. An unusualRead more

NZ Winemaker of the Year 2020 finalists

We our thrilled to have our winemaker, Peter Bartle (VinPro), as one of the finalists.  This year marks the third year of Gourmet Traveller WINE's New Zealand Winemaker of the Year. The judging pRead more

Hailstorm hits Grasshopper Rock

A thunderstorm on 16 November released small marble sized (10+mm) hail onto Grasshopper Rock damaging young shoots and florets. Fortunately, the outcome is only light damage and long term effectRead more

2019 vintage

2019 vintage season was overall a warm year but started with hard frosts in September and October and ended with hard frosts in early April.  The 13 October frost during budburst was particularly hRead more

Raymond Chan

The New Zealand wine community lost some of its sparkle this week with passing of Raymond Chan after a courageous battle with cancer. (In early 2009, Raymond had a cancerous tumour surgically removedRead more

Wine tasting event tips

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Awards and reviews - 2016 Grasshopper Rock

Competition Awards GOLD Medal   96/100 Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 TOP100 & BLUE GOLD Medal - Sydney International Wine Competition Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 – GOLD Medal & 96/100 AnRead more

Climate change

Since we established Grasshopper Rock in 2003, I have flown many times between Auckland and Queenstown. I always sit in a window seat to make the most of the high-altitude views of this beautifulRead more

Our vines are 15 years old this year - here is your feedback

Grasshopper Rock's vines are now 15 years old and we have good reason to celebrate. The vines have achieved a stage of maturity where the roots have fully colonized the available space and theRead more

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