Shaky Bridge Wines
Shaky Bridge Wines are made in the Alexandra sub-region of New Zealand’s stunning Central Otago wine region. Alexandra sits below the southern 45th parallel, and further to the south of Central’s other sub-regions, making ‘Alex’ the most southerly wine growing region on the planet!
Growing grapes this far south on the globe is cool climate grape growing at the extremes. Careful selection of grape varieties and clones that thrive in the natural conditions of the basin, are essential to producing our intensely flavored, premium quality wines. Our focus on quality fruit is at the heart of all our viticultural and vinification decisions, ensuring that we create expressive, balanced and deliciously memorable wines; wines that we know will move you to a better wine experience.
The Shaky Bridge is an iconic Alexandra landmark hailing from the gold mining days of the early pioneers of our region. The stylised bridge seen on our labels is a fitting icon for our wines, paying tribute to the pioneering spirit of the Grant’s : two true visionaries of grape growing and winemaking in this unique part of the world.
Our Cellar Door is open for tasting and sales from 11am 4.00pm, from September April. As we have a small team, please call ahead to ensure we are open on the day you wish to visit. We are open for sales only during the winter months.
Shaky Bridge Wines manages several vineyard sites within the Alexandra Basin, not least of which is the original 'Home Block' vineyard, first planted during the 1970s by winegrowing pioneers of our region, Bill and Gill Grant. 'Bill's Block' is one of the oldest Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer vineyards in Central Otago. This block provides exceptional flavors from the original rootstock, adding structure, intensity and balance to all our wines.
Growing grapes in Central Otago for many years is the difference that defines Shaky Bridge Wines. In 1973, Bill and Gill Grant planted some vines on their 25 acre block on Dunstan Rd just outside the township of Alexandra to 'see what might happen'. Some Muller Thurgau and Chasselas were planted way back then, but Bill and Gill had an inspired moment a few years later when they heard they could get hold of some Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer vines.
A shipment of whole plant Pinot Noir vines arrived from Akaroa, near Christchurch, in the late 1970s and Bill and Gill went to work setting up one of the first Pinot Noir vineyards in Central Otago. There weren't too many believers in Central Otago wines back then, but the Grant's travels around the world had them convinced they could make something happen. We're most happy they ignored the naysayers and blazed a pioneering trail for Central Otago wine.
The eastern side of the 'Home Block' is a sandpit where these original plants, on their original rootstock, continue to thrive every year. The sandy soil has stopped any vine damging phyloxxera from getting near the roots and the gnarled trunks as shown in the photo are a sight any wine lover should stop in and see. The history of our Home Block and the intensity of fruit from our old vines distinguishes Shaky Bridge Wines, creating our very high quality wines each year.
- Shaky Bridge Pinot Gris 2008 (Liquorland Top 100 2008, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
- SHAKY BRIDGE PINOT NOIR 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2008, Award Winning Wines)
- SHAKY GROUND SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2011, Award Winning Wines)
Shaky Bridge Vineyard Cafe
For reservations or to make enquiries, please call us on 03 448 5111 or email us at email@example.com with any questions. We welcome your group booking.
As well as serving up our delicious food, we pour award winning Shaky Bridge Wines by the glass along with our preferred beer supplier, Harrington's Breweries.
Awesome atmosphere, fantastic food, wonderful wine and brilliant brews.
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