AKARUA | BANNOCKBURN, CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND

In October 2022, Edmond de Rothschild Heritage purchased 34.5 hectares of established vineyards belonging to Akarua, a historic and pioneering vineyard in Central Otago - an important and much-longed-for addition to the Edmond de Rothschild Heritage range. Hand-selected for its unique terroir and rare balanced conditions suited to producing the finest Pinot Noirs. Akarua, meaning 'two vines' in Māori, refers to the original grape varieties planted on the estate in 1996: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which now represent over 78% and 2% of the plantings respectively. A small amount of Riesling and Pinot Gris are also planted.

WINE MAKER |  Anne Escalle

WINE MAKER | Anne Escalle

Anne Escalle was born in the Rhône Valley to wine & food enthusiast parents. From a young age, her best memories have always been linked with fine wine and fine food. Her classic scientific studies helped her to join reason with passion with a Master in Viticulture & Winemaking at the ENITA de Bordeaux.

After a quick detour on a banana plantation in Cameroon, she came back to her passion for wine and settled in Languedoc Roussillon for 10 years, as a viticulturist consultant. She learned a lot with hundreds of vineyards & wineries over such a diversity of varieties and terroirs. In 2007, she moved with her young family to New Lealand, where they all fell in love with the kiwi way of life and the beautiful terroir. She is also the very proud mum of 2 boys and enjoys cooking with her husband and a glass of wine.

THE VINEYARD

THE VINEYARD

The Akarua vineyard is a unique site, measuring 52 hectares, 34.5 of which planted with vines. The estate is tucked into the foothills of the mountains rising above Kawarua River and is located in Bannockburn in the Central Otago region. The vineyard occupies three west-facing terraces and enjoys intense sun all year round.

This outstanding terroir lends remarkable character to the Pinot Noir in a reflection of the spectacular mountains surrounding the estate. The second most cultivated varietal in New Zealand, Pinot Noir captures and reproduces the intensity of the Bannockburn terroir. Reputed worldwide for its Pinot Noir, Bannockburn now rivals the emblematic regions of Burgundy and Oregon.

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