Our place


Our single estate vineyard

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Pisa mountain range, Amisfield is one of the largest single estate vineyards in Central Otago.

Spurred on by fond memories of childhood holidays in Central Otago, Amisfield founder John Darby was determined to master this breathtaking yet often unforgiving high country, convinced that this dramatic landscape presented the perfect environment for cool-climate viticulture.

After an exhaustive search he discovered Amisfield Farm, formerly a merino sheep station. The first vines were planted in 1999 and they continue to thrive in this continental climate with its cold winters, hot summers and low rainfall.

In 2021 we completed the 5 year process of converting all of our Estate to organic viticulture and were named as Organic Vineyard of the Year 2020 and again in 2022 as part of that process.

Our simple philosophy is to nurture nature at every step and our hands-off approach means that our process takes time, with our wines yielding exceptional purity, intensity and vibrancy.

The winery

With a bold form of pure function and its distinctive sloping roof echoing the mountains behind it, Amisfield's modern winery sits harmoniously within its rustic surroundings. Designed by Christchurch architect Charlie Nott in 2006, the two-storey facility has a 600-tonne production capacity. Here our winemakers conduct their intricate craft then let nature take its course.

Vineyard & Winery