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Rippon Vineyard and Winery

Rippon Vineyard and Winery
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The land on the Western shores of Lake Wanaka upon which Rippon Vineyard and Winery is situated has been in the Mills family now for four generations.

In 1975, Central Otago pioneer wine-growers, Rolfe and Lois Mills, started trialling vines on the land now known as Rippon Vineyard. Today, their children care for the property, farming the land biodynamically, growing and producing wines from their single 15ha vineyard.

With no fertilisers, fungicides and all natural fermentations, the aim is to produce wines that speak of their soils and their surroundings, retaining an absolute respect for the land and the life therein.

Rippon is open to the public for wine tastings and sales and, whilst there is no restaurant, there is a picnic area looking out through the vines to the lake and organic cheese platters are available from the tasting room.

You may also wish to have a round of Golf-cross on Rippon’s 9-hole course, a unique take on golf where oval balls are used in place of round ones, with the target being goals instead of holes ...
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