Wine is liquid geography.
Ostler Vineyards Ltd are pioneer producers of wines in the South Island’s Waitaki Valley, North Otago. Distinct and unique vineyard sites – with underlying Limestone and alluvial/greywacke bases – make the Waitaki an exciting new NZ wine region. From select and hand-tended vineyards, Ostler produces memorable Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and now Gewürztraminer.
Brothers-in-law Jeff Sinnott and Jim Jerram became pioneers when they founded Ostler Wines to produce unique cool climate wines in the Waitaki Valley. It was back in 1998 when Jim (William Ostler’s great grandson) and Jeff ( viticulturist & winemaker) went searching for a perfect spot to plant their vines. The two discovered a site Jeff believed had it all for growing premium cool climate wine grapes: a north-facing limestone-based slope on an escarpment, overlooking the braided river. It reminded him of the famous slopes of Burgundy. The deal was made and the dotted line signed…
Back then, there was no history of commercial wine growing in the region, so they had to start from scratch and have faith in their decision to grow grapes in a place no one had grown grapes before! Respect. With over 20 years of experience, Jeff carries out his winemaking with as little intervention as possible, using traditional Burgundian and Alsatian techniques to produce Ostler’s flagship Caroline’s Pinot Noir and Audrey’s Pinot Gris.
“It is with the greatest of pleasure that I can work with what I believe to be one of this country’s Grand Cru estates”. Jeff Sinnott