Cuisine Wine

Maori Point Vineyard

John Harris and Marilyn Duxson bought a dry, dusty rabbitinfested piece of land on a terrace above the Clutha River on impulse, wanting to do “the Burgundy thing”. It’s a tough piece of land, subject to frost, but there’s often blue sky above when there’s fog down the valley at Cromwell or up the valley at Wanaka. They are now the proud owners of a thriving vineyard. John, a former professor at the Otago medical school, brings his analytical approach to making the wine while Marilyn, a former research biologist, tends the vineyard with the help of vineyard dog Frodo – whose job it is to catch rabbits.

Things To Know
John and Marilyn invite visitors into their home to taste their pinot gris and pinot noir.

Our Picks
Try the firmly structured but restrained pinot noir, and the barrel-fermented pinot gris.

Walk down to the river to cast a fly or have a picnic.