Domain Road Vineyard

Domain Road Vineyard is located in the heart of an historic gold mining area in Bannockburn, Central Otago. The vineyard is in a sheltered sunny valley and is one of several vineyards in the desirable Bannockburn area. Predominantly planted with Pinot Noir the vineyard also has plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

The continental type climate gives hot dry summers, long cool autumns and very cold winters. Soil types are good quality loam on schist gravels and ‘pipeclay’ (named for the white clay used to make tobacco pipes by the early gold miners).

Domain Road Vineyard is owned by the Crosbie family who were originally drawn to the area as a quiet holiday destination not far from Queenstown or Wanaka. For over 20 years the owners have enjoyed family holidays in Bannockburn enjoying its hot summers and crisp clear autumn days. The glowing red and gold colours of the autumn vines and trees contrasted with the spectacular landscape of historic goldfields and mountains makes Bannockburn a very special place to be.

Our History

Domain Road Vineyard is a privately owned vineyard producing award-winning red and white wines. It is located in Bannockburn, Central Otago, next to the popular Bannockburn Domain Camping Ground.

The original 6.5 hectares of vines expanded in 2011 with the addition of another 10 hectares of land adjacent to Felton Road vineyard. This has been planted in Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes.

Domain Road Vineyard's owners Graeme and Gillian Crosbie and their families have had a long association with the area. Graeme’s great grandfather built gold dredges up in the Nevis, while Gillian’s mother was a teacher at the local school for a short time. They have owned a house in Bannockburn for 25 years, and holidayed there for many years prior to that. Fascinated by the growth of vineyards and the wines they produced, the pair decided to try their hand at developing their own vineyard when an old apricot orchard in nearby Domain Road was for sale. In 2002, the land was purchased, cleared and planted in Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling grapes.

The Gold Rush Days

The now tiny settlement of Bannockburn was an important and bustling town during the gold rush of the 1860s. Domain Road Vineyard overlooks an historic area known as ‘The Sluicings’ where stunning land formations are a legacy of the gold mining activity. This area can be explored either on foot or mountain bike, following the paths through the Department of Conservation reserve.

On the section of the vineyard land that was once mined for gold, the Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling grapes are thriving, while the Pinot Noir grows on land undisturbed by gold mining activity. The historic rammed-earth gold miner’s cottage built during the 1880s has been restored and improved in recent years, returning it to a warm and comfortable family home.

Wine Awards

  • Domain Road Pinot Noir 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • DOMAIN ROAD VINEYARD - PINOT NOIR - 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2013, Award Winning Wines)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Gris 2010 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011, Pure Elite Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Domain Road Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Domain Road Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2009)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 (International Wine and Spirit 2011, Gold Medal Winners)
  • Domain Road Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine Challenge 2009)
  • Domain Road Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2009)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 (International Wine Challenge 2010)
  • Domain Road Pinot Noir 2007 (Bragato Wine Awards 2009, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Riesling 2009 (Bragato Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 (Bragato Wine Awards 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 - Graeme Crosbie (Bragato Wine Awards 2012, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)

46 Domain Road
Bannockburn
Central Otago

P: +64 3 445 4244
M: +64 21 224 7661

CONTACT: Graeme Crosbie