Grasshopper Rock is one of the world's southern most vineyards, established in 2003 and dedicated exclusively to pinot noir. In establishing the vineyard, we searched for land that would provide the best conditions for consistently producing premium pinot noir in an elegant Central Otago style.
The vineyard is situated on Earnscleugh Road, across the Clutha River from Alexandra. The site enjoys high sunshine hours by day and very cool temperatures by night and is sufficiently harsh and difficult to make the vines work their hardest. With extremes of heat and cold comes the risk of spring and autumn frosts, providing a demanding but rewarding environment for the production of premium pinot noir.
Grasshopper Rock takes it name from the endangered protected species of grasshopper Sigaus childi found near the vineyard.