Hawkesbury Estates

akitu.gifIn the south of New Zealand there lies a beautiful and powerful place called Central Otago. This land, dominated by rivers and mountains and shaped by glaciers, has become the most intriguing place in the new world to grow Pinot noir – the capricious one.

Akitu, in the Maori language, means the summit, the apex or the highest point. Akitu called their wine that because at 380 metres above sea level they are right up there, right on the grape growing edge, against the alps and in the southern most winemaking region on earth. Here their entire vineyard is dedicated to Pinot noir - that’s all they grow - and the very best of our harvest makes akitu.

Although the first vineyard was planted in 2002, they waited until 2012 to release their first vintage which was wonderfully received. Medals and critical acclaim followed and now the 2016 wine has won the Wanaka Pinot Noir Trophy, Central Otago Pinot Noir Trophy, New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy and New Zealand Red Trophy at the 2018 International Wine Challenge.