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Historic Monte Christo Winery opens its doors in Central Otago

Central Otago’s Monte Christo Winery has announced its grand opening and the release of its inaugural wines.

Monte Christo Winery dates back to 1864, when French pioneer Jean Désiré Féraud planted grapevines and later produced the first wines in Central Otago.

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 says it is also 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.

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.

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