Bald Hills

Bald Hills is a delightful boutique vineyard in the heart of Pinot Noir country, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand. Sunny, sheltered, private and secluded and open for you to taste award-winning wines. Our online store stocks a full range of award winning Central Otago Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Rose.

Blair and I came to New Zealand from Sydney, in 1996. We love Australia but our families are here, I grew up here and both mothers were alive then so it was really good to be back. We bought this bare block early in 1997, built a house and planted a vineyard. Blair had taken the position of CEO at Telford Rural Polytechnic and it wasn’t until March 2001 that we actually came to live in the house we had built. Well, we didn’t exactly build it – not with our bare hands as such, but we had the plans drawn up, jumped through the Resource and Building Consent hoops, employed a builder and paid all the bills.

Our Vineyard

The first vines went in in 1997. We started with a couple of hectares of Pinot Noir and gradually extended into Pinot Gris and Riesling. We knew nothing apart from how to drink the product and we had a fair bit of experience there, but Robin Dicey and Greg Hay looked at the land and advised us. We dug a few massive holes with the aid of a digger so we could examine the profile; got professional advice, and then we took the plunge. Robin did the designing and planting. We had to use cuttings back then because of the wait for grafted vines and anyway there was no sign of Phylloxera in Central Otago so we were pretty safe.

Wine Awards

  • Bald Hills Last Light Riesling 2006 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007, Award Winning Wines)
  • Bald Hills Pinot Noir 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2007, Award Winning Wines)
  • Bald Hills Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • Bald Hills Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • BALD HILLS THREE ACRES PINOT NOIR 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2010, Award Winning Wines)
  • BALD HILLS SINGLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • BALD HILLS - SINGLE VINEYARD' CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR - 2009 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • BALD HILLS - SINGLE VINEYARD' CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR - 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, Award Winning Wines)
  • Bald Hills Pinot Noir 2002 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2003, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Bald Hills Central Otago Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Bald Hills Pinot Noir 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
  • Bald Hills Central Otago Last Light Riesling 2008 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Bald Hills Central Otago Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Bald Hills Central Otago Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Bald Hills Pinot Noir 2005 (and Trophy) (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
  • Bald Hills Three Acres Pinot Noir 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Bald Hills Central Otago Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Bald Hills Central Otago Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 GOLD AND TROPHY (International Wine Challenge 2012, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Bald Hills 3 Acres Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 - Blair Hunt (Bragato Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)

46 Cornish Point Road
Bannockburn
Central Otago

P: +64 3 445 3161
F: +64 3 445 3160

CONTACT: Blair & Estelle Hunt