Nanny Goat Vineyard is named after the wild goats that roam the mountainous terrain of the Central Otago in New Zealand.
The name came about somewhat serendipitously in late 2004 during a trek to a restaurant, nestled high above the picturesque town of Queenstown, for some breathtaking scenery, good food and of course some great Central Otago pinot noir. What was supposed to be a gentle, relaxing stroll quickly became quite an ordeal with an unplanned deviation from the not-so-well-defined walking ‘track’. The gentle terrain quickly transformed, leaving all concerned to navigate some rather perilous ground – much like the wild “Nanny Goats” often found nimbly navigating the rugged landscape of the region. The name “Nanny Goat Vineyard” stuck, as it seemed to be a fair reflection of their determination to succeed, adapt and thrive in the rugged and often extreme climates of Central Otago – much like the nimble and sure footed wild goats of the region.
From the winery’s inception and the inaugural release in 2005, Nanny Goat Vineyard has strived to produce wines with elegance, concentration and balance while allowing each individual parcel of fruit to tell its own unique story.
What style do you think characterises the pinot of your region?
Pinot from Central Otago is truly multifaceted – equal parts dark and brooding, lively and aromatic, dense and structural, soft and plush. Mineral, floral, herbal, and always with a fine streak of acidity to keep things bright and balanced.
Tell us three things we need to know about your region?
- Our weather can be as extreme as our sports.
- The scenery is just as awesome as the photos you have seen in the glossy magazines.
- The only traffic jams you are likely to encounter in Central Otago will generally involve sheep.
What’s the one thing we simply must do in your region?
Taste ALL of the pinot.
When no one is watching, you drink…
Pretty much anything that looks interesting.
Your pinots are best for…
Any occasion is an occasion for Nanny Goat pinot! They go best with good food, good friends and good fun!
Your pinots are best paired with…
Rustic, earthy food, light game meats. Also goes very well with roaring open fires and comfortable leather recliners on a chilly winter evening.
If not you, who else should people try?
Valli, Kooyong, Tolpuddle
What song should we listen to when driving to the winery?
What song should we listen to when driving away and onto the next one?
The one song that makes you dance when the beat drops…