Judge Rock Vineyard

Elegant – Sensuous – Intimate.

Award Winning Pinot Noir wines from the Jacobson-Chiaroni family boutique vineyard. The wines produced from Judge Rock Vineyard have received many awards, showcasing the premium quality of Judge Rock wines. A romance not a blockbuster, feminine not masculine, balance not power, family not corporate, and love not lust.

Paul and Angela Jacobson (nee Chiaroni)’s vineyard is situated on an alluvial fan at Hillview Road below the airport plateau on the outskirts of Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand.

The vineyard is situated on an alluvial fan below the airport plateau and is sheltered from the north eastern and southern winds. Soils consist of fine schist and greywacke river sands.

We have eight hectares of westerly facing slopes with four hectares (13,000 vines) planted in Pinot Noir; the oldest of which planted in late 1998. The elegant, sensuous and intimate wines produced from this vineyard have received many global awards.

Tasting Room

Tastings by appointment 7 days per week

Our History

The vineyard grew from an idea that with love of the land and attention to detail our site would make great Pinot Noir and St Laurent.

International sommeliers and wine competitions like Decanter, International Wines and Spirits Challenge, and Air New Zealand Wine awards have all awarded our wines Gold after gold after gold.

We are so small we are almost invisible. The only place we are visible is once a week at the Otago Farmers Market Dunedin on a Saturday morning at the beautiful historic railway station. This has become our cellar door to the world. Our mass belies our size we are the Higgs Boson of world Pinot Noir.

Wine Awards

  • Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2006 (Liquorland Top 100 2007, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • JUDGE ROCK PINOT NOIR 2008 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
  • Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2007 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 (Pure Gold) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011, Gold Medal and Trophy Winners)
  • Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 Pure Gold (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
  • Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2006 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Judge Rock Pinot Noir 2010 GOLD (International Wine and Spirit 2012, Gold Medal Winners)

Judge Rock Cottage Accommodation

Come along and experience a home away from home in our newly renovated self-contained Cottage. Enjoy vineyard accommodation at its finest. Large, spacious open plan living areas make this cottage the perfect place to relax, unwind and entertain both inside and out. Enjoy the comfort of cottage living and wake up to stunning panoramic views.

Sleeping 5, the Judge Rock Cottage is in a prime location to enjoy the Central Otago Rail Trail and other attractions in and around Central Otago. If you are looking for short term accommodation with a difference then the Judge Rock Cottage is your place to relax, with beautiful views of the vineyard right at your back door. To find out more and to book your stay do not hesitate to contact us.

This self-contained cottage has everything you need to make the most of your time in Central Otago. With the freedom to come and go as you please with private access and parking, and with the Alexandra Golf Course and Rail Trail at your doorstep, there is plenty to keep you occupied. Alexandra town centre is also only a 20 min walk away.

Private deck and BBQ area with vineyard views are great for entertaining or relaxing. With the added bonus of being situated right on the award winning Judge Rock Pinot Wines vineyard, treat yourself to a tasting and get to know your friendly hosts over a number of their award winning vintages. Base yourself here for exploring the region

36 Hillview Road
Central Otago

P: +64 3 448 5059
M: +64 274 279 108

CONTACT: Paul Jacobs