Owned by Allan Scott Family Winemakers, Scott Base vineyard is situated in one of the most beautiful regions of Aotearoa, overlooking the quaint township of Cromwell and Lake Dunstan, with the majestic Pisa Range acting as a spectacular backdrop.
Established twenty years ago by Martin and Sue Anderson, the vineyard operated under the brand name of Mt Michael, producing wine from grapes grown on property. A decade later in 2004, Martin and Sue sold the vineyard, wines and brands to Mt Michael Wines and Estates Ltd, a consortium in which the Scott family held 25 percent of the shareholding. In 2007, with a view to concentrating on their Marlborough interests, the Scott family sold its interest to the remaining shareholders.
A longstanding love of Central Otago was to lure the Scott family back to the vineyard after Mt Michael wines decided to sell the “home” block as part of a restructure of its holding. It was a simple decision for the family, returning to a perfectly located site coupled with an established vineyard already producing exceptional wines.
The six hectare, mainly north-sloping vineyard boasts predominantly Pinot Noir plantings, accompanied by smaller plots of Chardonnay. Future plans include the gradual replanting of some older vines with newer clones of grafted vines, along with a gravity flow winery, utilising the vineyard terraces.
Located at the ‘T’ intersection of State Highway 6, commonly referred to as the Wanaka to Queenstown highway, Scott Base vineyard fronts on the State Highway itself, but is accessed by McNab road, located on the northern boundary.
In ensuring there was no confusion between Scott Base in Antarctica and Scott Base vineyard, the Scott family formed a relationship with the Antarctic Heritage Trust which is entrusted to preserve the buildings and heritage status of Antarctica. The family in turn donate a percentage of sales of Scott Base wines to the trust and provide wines to events and ongoing activities.
Learn more about Allan Scott Family Winemakers here.