Wine Tasting at Altitude - Mount Michael Cellar Door Wine Tasting
“Central Otago is the southernmost grape growing region in the world,” said Jody Pagey, winemaker of Mount Michael Wines. “This gives the wines beautiful natural acidity and fruit intensity. The whites have energy and minerality while the Pinot Noirs are a unique combination of power and elegance.”
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Mount Michael Wines are too boutique to operate a cellar door, instead they open up Mount Michael itself for private heli-wine-tastings - at 1163 metres above worry level!
Make the most of your trip to Central Otago and fly over the many vineyards of our award winning wine region. Departing from Cromwell the flight whilst short explores Bannockburn, then follows Lake Dunstan to the banks of Lowburn. The little seven hectare plot of vines which our wine is made from will be pointed out before ascending on the Pisa Range, to arrive atop Mount Michael.
From the top is a 360 degree view of the Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn, Lowburn, across the lake to Bendigo and down to Wanaka. From the landing point guests are within a couple of hundred metres of the 45th Parallel – that mysterious line which circles the globe and marks the theoretical halfway point between the equator and the South Pole. The climate is ferocious, to say the least, with extremes of hot and cold. This makes for perfect conditions for growing pinot noir grapes.
The only way to test out those perfect growing conditions is of course to taste the finished product. In the elements each of our three wines will be provided for a tasting along with some seasonal nibbles.