Historic Monte Christo Winery Opens in Central Otago, Releases Inaugural Wines

Historic Monte Christo Winery Opens Its Doors in Central Otago and Releases Inaugural Wines – Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand – 30th November 2023 – Monte Christo Winery, the birthplace of Central Otago wine, is thrilled to announce its grand opening, inviting wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike to explore the rich heritage of New Zealand winemaking and enjoy a unique guest experience. Located in the heart of Central Otago, Monte Christo Winery promises to be a destination like no other.

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The Monte Christo Stone Winery

The history of Monte Christo Winery dates back to 1864 when French pioneer Jean Désiré Féraud planted grapevines and later produced the first wines in Central Otago, setting the stage for what would become a thriving winemaking region. Féraud’s innovative spirit and vision laid the foundation for irrigation, viticulture, and winemaking in the region.

Today, the Paris family, the current custodians of the property, are committed to producing some of the world’s most distinguished Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines using organic, sustainable, and regenerative farming methods on their 22 hectares of vineyards.

The Paris family is dedicated to raising awareness of Central Otago wines on the world stage, and by restoring the winery building and continuing Féraud’s legacy, they are contributing to the region’s growth and recognition.

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The Paris Family

The inaugural wine releases include limited-production 2023 Central Otago Rosé, 2023 Central Otago Pinot Gris, 2022 Central Otago Chardonnay, 2022 Central Otago Pinot Noir, 2022 Alexandra Pinot Noir, and 2022 Bannockburn Pinot Noir. There is also a second label, 2022 CENTRAL Pinot Noir.

There’s something for everyone at Monte Christo Winery. The grounds include plenty of outdoor seating, a play area for children, and a pétanque or bocce court. There will be an unveiling of an underground wine cellar later this summer with space for larger group functions, private events, and more.

Open 7 days a week in the summer months from 10am – 6pm, guests at Monte Christo Winery can expect a memorable experience that includes:


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The Monte Christo Cellar Door

Monte Christo’s cellar door is housed in the original stone winery, meticulously restored in collaboration with Heritage New Zealand. Visitors can indulge in wine tastings, wine education and genuine Southern family hospitality.


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“Fritzy,” the food trailer café.

Monte Christo offers a delightful, relaxed culinary experience at “Fritzy,” the food trailer café. Our in-house chef uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a range of specialty sandwiches, artisanal pizzas, platters, snacks, and barista-made coffee. The outdoor garden provides the perfect setting to relax, enjoy a light snack or lunch, and savour a glass of wine.


One of the cottages
One of the Cottages.

Stay at the historic Monte Christo Winery in Central Otago. Well-appointed guest cottages offer the perfect retreat for couples, friends, and families alike. Cottage amenities include luxury furnishings, fully self-contained kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, and outdoor patios.


the wine collection
Monte Christo Wines

Monte Christo wines are made with 100% estate-grown fruit sourced from their vineyards across three distinct sub-regions, the Alexandra Basin, Bannockburn and Pisa. Utilising sustainable farming practices and minimal intervention methods in the winery, the outcome is elegant, refined, and impeccably balanced wines epitomising the terroir of Central Otago. The range includes Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pnot Rose and Chardonnay varieties.


monte christo vineyards

The Monte Christo estate vineyards encompass 22 hectares across three distinct Central Otago subregions, the Alexandra Basin, Bannockburn and Pisa. Their vineyards, each with its own unique microclimate and soil, are farmed with organic and regenerative practices, and are certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ). Each one is also on track to achieve full BioGro certification.

About Monte Christo Winery

Monte Christo Winery is the birthplace of Central Otago wine, with a rich history dating back to 1864 when the first grapevines were planted in the region. The Paris family, current custodians of the property, are committed to producing distinguished Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines using organic, sustainable, and regenerative farming methods on their 22 hectares of vineyards. The meticulously restored original stone winery now stands as a testament to Central Otago’s winemaking heritage.

For more information and bookings, please visit: https://www.montechristowinery.co.nz/

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