Serendipity Vineyard – Website of the Week


“So is it chance or a prepared mind that creates a truly serendipitous moment? Food for thought…”

ser·en·dip·i·ty [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] noun
1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

As the names suggests, Serendipity came into being through a fortuitous discovery.

In 2001 Jo was intuitively drawn to an eye-catching block of land on a distinctive sugarloaf on Ripponvale Road behind Cromwell, Central Otago. Jo recognised the potential of her serendipitous discovery, considering this north-facing, free-draining land viable to be developed into a vineyard.

Jo set about developing a plan to realise her passion to have her own wine brand. She invested her time in the completion of a two-year viticulture diploma at Otago Polytechnic and studying for her Intermediate and Advanced WSET. At the end of 2003, she took the step of planting 8 ha of her 14 ha property in Pinot Noir and Riesling – creating Serendipity Vineyard.

With intuitive foresight, she leased out the young vineyard with a 10-year vineyard management contract, enabling the vines to mature under more experienced management. During this time Jo took the opportunity to learn more about the industry and prepare herself for the launch of the Serendipity wine brand.

Following a carefully planned path, Jo has put purposeful steps in place to make things happen and capitalise on the opportunity offered by her serendipitous discovery. She brought in a team of experts, including award winning consultant winemaker Carol Bunn along with viticultural and marketing professionals to establish the foundation for the Serendipity wine brand. With Carol’s guidance, Jo procured quality grapes from nearby vineyards to enable them to launch Serendipity wines on a small scale, with a view to having an established brand in place when the fruit from her own vineyard becomes available to her.

Carol has embraced Jo’s brief with passion producing a distinctive ‘Serendipitous’ style. The spirited and upbeat approach with which Jo began her vineyard venture by spontaneously making the most of a series of serendipitous discoveries, reinforces the feeling that anything is possible.

Serendipity Vineyard enjoys a unique location and breathtaking 360 degree views of the Cromwell basin being situated on a sugar-loaf found along picturesque ‘Ripponvale Road’. Reflecting a ‘serendipitous’ journey, they are very proud of their first vintage crafted by reputable Central Otago winemaker, Carol Bunn.

“Alluring and spirited wines, crafted with great purpose, individualism and sophistication – Serendipity wines are uplifting and captivating. Exuding a positive, upbeat and buoyant character with striking appeal and an engaging air of mystique these appealing Central Otago wines are crafted for people who are ready for anything, to celebrate when something serendipitous has happened. In keeping with the couple’s bold purposeful approach, Serendipity wines promise to be a fortuitous discovery for wine lovers.”

I had a Serendipitous moment recently – the fortune of ‘discovering’ both wines thanks to Jo for sending them up for me to review. Excellent wines for their first vintage  – enjoyed them both immensely and look forward to trying future vintages as the vines mature.

Serendipity Pinot Gris Otago 2011
Bright, clean, light in colour almost pale onion skin, leading into a sweet nose with apple, pear and some stone fruit present. On the palate were lovely creamy textures with pear and spice underpinned by a nice mineral backbone and followed by a fresh acid finish…
87/100 – RRP: $25

Serendipity Pinot Noir Otago 2010
This was  black cherry / dark berry in colour, musty, earthy, smoke notes in the nose, quite front of palate with some grippy tannins & still some ‘green’ acidity, improved once warmed up a little, the fruit components emerging, a young Pinot with great structure but needs a bit more time to integrate…
88/100 – RRP $38

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