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When French immigrant gold miner, Jean Desire Feraud, started planting vines and embarking upon small-scale commercial wine production in Central Otago soon after the Gold Rush of the 1860s, a regional passion for winemaking was ignited. But it was more than a century later that Central Otago dipped its toes into the industry again. By the 1990s, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and the aromatic varieties of Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer took centre stage, putting this South Island region on the New Zealand wine map. Today it is one of the top southern hemisphere Pinot Noir wine producing regions with a global following

 

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