Domain Road is a specialist producer of cool climate wines from two vineyards in Bannockburn, Central Otago. Domain Road Vineyard is situated on Domain Road, Defiance Vineyard on nearby Felton Road. Very cold winters contrast with hot dry summers in Central Otago, an ideal climate for difficult grape varieties. Dedicated hands-on care of the vines during each season allows the harvest of outstanding grapes.
The town of Bannockburn has a long history of gold prospecting and the vineyard site on Domain Road has been part of that history for almost 150 years. The vineyard takes advantage of its gold mining legacy to determine the location of each planting of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling vines. Soil types feature quality loam soils, free draining schist gravels, and mineral rich ‘pipe clay’, named for the white clay used to make tobacco pipes by the early gold miners. The quality of these soils combined with the unique aspect of the vineyard, situated in its own small valley, produces award winning wines of outstanding quality, produced to reflect the terroir of the vineyard.
Domain Road's accolades
Domain Road Paradise Pinot Noir 2009: 5 stars Bob Campbell, 5 stars Michael Cooper
Domain Road Pinot Noir 2010: Blue Gold - Sydney International, 5 stars Sam Kim, 4 stars Bob Campbell, 5 stars Raymond Chan
Domain Road Pinot Noir 2011: Pure Elite Gold - Air New Zealand 2012, Pure Elite Gold - Air New Zealand 2013, Gold - Bragato wine awards 2012
Domain Road Pinot Noir 2013: 4 stars Cuisine Magazine
Domain Road Sauvignon Blanc 2014: Gold Medal - Bragato 2016, 4 stars Sam Kim
Domain Road 'Duffers Creek' Riesling 2012: 5 stars Raymond Chan, 4½ stars Cuisine magazine
Domain Road 'The Water Race' Riesling 2013: 5 stars Cuisine magazine
Domain Road Pinot Gris 2012: 5 stars Raymond Chan
Domain Road Rose 2016: Gold Medal - Air New Zealand 2016