Terra Sancta means sacred earth or special place.
Terra Sancta is a 100 per cent Bannockburn producer with our four vineyards, our winery and our team all located in this unique, beautiful part of the world.
The famed Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago has long been viewed as very special earth. First by the miners who sluiced the hills in their search for gold, and now by wine makers and wine drinkers, who believe that the earth of Bannockburn produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world.
The Estate comprises two main areas, the part that borders the river, called Terra, and the part that runs along Felton Road, named Sancta. Terra Sancta’s other two vineyards are based on the Cairnmuir Road side of Bannockburn and are called The Diggings, and The Irresistible Race.
Wine uniquely translates the earth into a tangible aroma and flavour experience. The schist gravels and the wild thyme with its throw of perfume, create a unique experience of this particular place. Located on Felton Road, the Terra Sancta Estate contains the first vines planted in Bannockburn, and indeed in the entire Wanaka-Cromwell-Bendigo region. Our vineyard has over 6,000 trees and is alive with bees and butterflies, while the earth is covered with the wild thyme that grows so uniquely in the area.
Making Pinot Noir is difficult, but rewarding - and often likened to the pursuit of the Holy Grail for winemakers. The vision of the estate is to produce beautiful wines for generations. We have three categories of wines: Single Block wines, made only of Pinot Noir, and a truly distinctive expression of the particular blocks from which they emanate; an Estate range of wines made from the Terra Sancta estate; and the delicious, earlier drinking, superb quality Mysterious Diggings range. Our wines are handcrafted, and consistently recognised as distinctive. Our Pinot Noirs, in particular, have won multiple awards, and consistently rate amongst the best New Zealand wines. We are aiming to have the best quality wine in each price category.