Drumsara Wines


Just like you we love deliciously fresh and innovative cuisine which is why you will find our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Rose in the finest restaurants, your favorite café, local deli, as well as luxury lodges and historic pubs along the Central Otago Rail Trail. We want to be where you enjoy great food, which means we want to come home with you too!

Location Description

Located in the heart of Alexandra, Queenstown.


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Many years ago during a holiday to Port Douglas John and Audrey Matheson became great friends with the owners of a sugar plantation called 'Drumsara.' Here they enjoyed delicious food, fine wine and friendly hospitality during this holiday. The plantation was named 'Drumsara' after their home town in County Derry, Ireland.

Some years later John and Audrey set themselves a challenge of planting a vineyard and producing top quality Pinot Noir. When deciding on a name Drumsara came to mind as it evoked thoughts of what was important to them: family, friends, food, wine and the enjoyment of life.

Practices & Techniques

Hand Tendered Vines:

To produce wine of the highest quality we use our hands when others use machines. After our customers our most valuable assets are our pinot grape vines. As a result we thin, pluck and harvest by hand to ensure their health and the soil from which they grow.

Keeping Our Vines Safe:

Frost SprinklerJack frost often visits so the need for frost protection throughout Central Otago is a must. If temperatures become too low at the beginning of the season it destroys the plant cells and potential fruit. At the end of the season frosts can also damage the vines leaves that are required to help the vines ripen the fruit.

We fight Jack via an overhead sprinkler system which delivers enough water that freezes on the surface of the vine, bud or fruit (depending on the time of year). This creates an 'ice cocoon' which does not fall below freezing level, thus ensuring their safety.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Situated high on a glacial outwash gravel plateau the Drumsara vineyard overlooks the Central Otago towns of Clyde & Alexandra.

Being a a boutique family owned vineyard allows us to focus on producing hand picked estate Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines.

We proudly use traditional and innovative viticulture techniques throughout the vineyard.

The Alexandra Wine Growing Region:

Alexandra, a lesser known sub region of Central Otago, is establishing itself as a region regarded for its high quality Pinot Noir. It has a dry desert like climate which typically produces 1200 - 1300 growing degree days and a rainfall of 350mm. Warm days and cool nights are proving to be an ideal growing environment. Come on a personal vineyard experience to see it for yourself.


2009 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block

Cameron Douglas MS (NZ) – 5 Stars
International Wine Challenge (UK) 2011 – Silver
Spiegelau Int’l Wine Competition 2011 (NZ) - Silver
Royal Easter Show Wine Awards (NZ) – Bronze
Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 (UK) – Bronze
Boutique Wine Awards & Five Nations Wine Challenge 2011 (AUS) - Bronze
TiZWine.com review 2011 (NZ) – 4 stars
NZ International Wine Show 2011 – Bronze Boutique Wine Awards 2011 (AUS) - Bronze
2008 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block

Sydney International Wine Competition 2010 – Gold Medallion Highly Commended ~Judged with food
San Francisco Wine Competition 2009 – Silver Medal
New Zealand International Wine Show 2009 – Silver Medal
International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK) 2009 – Silver Medal
Japan Wine Challenge 2009 – Bronze Medal
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009 – Bronze Medal
International Wine Competition (UK) 2010 – Bronze Medal
2007 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block

Best Pinot Noir of Wine Competition - Sydney International Wine Competition 2009
Top 100 / Blue Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition 2009
Best in class Gold Medal – 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK)
Passion for Pinot 2008 – Judges Choice Trophy Champion Central Otago Pinot Noir
Gold Medal – 2008 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold Medal – Liquorland Top 100 2008 International wine competition (NZ)
2005 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block

Winestate Magazine – Recommended (4 star)
Bronze Medal - 2006 Bragato Wine Awards.
2004 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block

Gold Medal - 2006 Starwine International Wine Competition - New York, USA
Bronze Medal - 2005 NZ International Wine Show
Bronze Medal - 2006 International Cool Climate WIne Show - Vic, Australia.
2003 Drumsara Pinot Noir - Ventifacts Block

Bronze Medal winner in 2004 Bragato Wine Awards.
Bronze Medal winner in 2006 Bragato Wine Awards.

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P.O Box 1398
Alexandra, Queenstown 9348
New Zealand

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