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Address: cnr Mc Nulty Rd and Gair Ave, Cromwell, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-445 0555
11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00


Rockburn Wines is a key producer of...


Rockburn Wines is a key producer of six varietals. We take our name from the rugged rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. The climate and conditions here are extreme, but so is the local passion for wine, in particular Pinot Noir. The fruit from Rockburn's carefully sited vineyards blend in harmony to yield a pure expression of Central Otago.

Winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis' zeal for Central Otago Pinot Noir is evident in the finely textured, silky charm exhibited in every vintage.

As well as award winning Pinot Noir, Rockburn produce a number of high quality white wines including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

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At present no appointment time is needed, but we understand that Rockburn are to start requiring an appointment time. Besides tasting their wines, we and others there at the time... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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158 reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

At present no appointment time is needed, but we understand that Rockburn are to start requiring an appointment time. Besides tasting their wines, we and others there at the time where given information about other wineries to visit or places to eat.

Thank smithnz
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The warehouse in the Industrial Estate was not ideal however this could have been overshadowed if the person behind the counter had some passion or knowledge of the wines on the Sunday that we visited. It was a shame as there was one wine which was quite good and that was the 2014 Rockburn Pinot Noir which was rated 94... More 

Thank 78McM
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

As the title suggests, Nicola was awesome! She made us very welcome and appreciated. She was not only very knowledgeable about the wines she was serving but also very interested in learning about us. It was an all around delightful experience. This place is definitely worth it and Nicola made it even more pleasure able! We love the wine and... More 

Thank Rachel R
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

My husband and I have visited all the wine regions in NZ, and some others throughout the world. The service here from Nic, is one of the best we have ever experienced. She is knowledgeable and friendly, and gave us good reviews on the wine and tasting notes. We only went away with three bottles, and really would have bought... More 

Thank KiwiCat1234
Cromwell, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

We had driven past many times but never ventured inside. The location (in the commercial area) wasn't giving any clues to what we'd find inside. The wine selection is extraordinary and the staff so knowledgeable and friendly. No need to be a wine expert to go there, just try, and decide what you like.

Thank derekzqn
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2015

What a great wine tasting clear door. Nicely appoint in the middle of an industrial area on the way to Bannockburn. Great and knowledgeable service. Amazing Pinots. Devils staircase as in an excellent example of an entry level Pinot that is great quality, great value for money and very tasty. We enjoyed he experience very much.

Thank Gabycalvehider
Gosford, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2015 via mobile

This winery may not have the stunning location of many others here but don't let the industrial estate put you off. Rockburn Pinots are consistently amongst the best in Otago and on our recent visit we were not disappointed. In fact we were elated.....there was a vertical tasting of the last eight vintages in full swing. Life does not get... More 

1 Thank moonflower59
Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 16 March 2015

When we visited NZ in 2012, we discovered Central Otago Pinot Noir and were immediately seduced by Devil's Staircase because it is a pure, straight forward fruity wine, which is produced without any contact with oak. Only very ripe grapes are used and the winemaking process is very natural and organic. Very few Central Otago Pinot Noirs are imported in... More 

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RockburnWines, Guest Relations Manager at Rockburn Wines, responded to this review

Thank you Carlos. It was a pleasure to meet you and your wife and we welcome you back anytime you are in the area. More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

We visited Rockburn Wines as a result of tripadvisor reviews, and how right they were. Delicious wines and fabulous service and advice from Nic at the tasting, we spent far longer than we intended there on our way to Fjordland, but well worth it. Thank you Nic, more converts from Wales

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2014

When working out your itinerary for Central Otago Cellar Door visits I recommend Rockburn. Cellar Door Manager Nic Taylor makes everyone feel welcome and imparts knowledge of the wines and the region in a personable manner. It goes without saying that the wines are fab too....

Thank Nicola M

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