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Perseverance Estate is situated in the Alexandra Basin, part of the Central Otago province, New Zealand’s premier Pinot Noir producing region. Formed by the movement of glacial rock and ice, the scenery in this area is both picturesque and dramatic, leaving behind soils that are dominated by schist, which in turn influences the taste and feel of the region’s wine. The Alexandra Basin lies below the southern 45th parallel and is the most southerly of the Central Otago wine sub-regions. It shares geographical and climatic conditions with some of the world’s most prestigious wine producing regions and is the most southerly wine growing region in the world.
Located between Alexandra and Clyde at Mutton Town Gully, Perseverance Estate derives its name from a current wheel gold dredge, built in 1886 by the “father” of gold dredges, Louis Gards. This dredge worked at Mutton Town Point on the Clutha River until 1889. A five acre vineyard was developed and planted in 2003 by owners Murray and Jennie Hughes, with a further five acres planted in 2008, both containing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapevines. The property also includes a small olive grove and hazelnut orchard and is overseen by their two miniature schnauzers, Rosie and Hazel, who together with their owners, have adjusted to life in the country after moving to Alexandra from Dunedin in 2010.
Wines are crafted by winemaker Antony Worch at Alexandra Vintners Winery, Success Street, Alexandra.
Our wine is available at selected restaurants, supermarkets and liquor stores throughout Otago, and on-line.
Tastings available by appointment at the vineyard – 192 Airport Road, Alexandra (phone 03 449 2434 or cell 027 431 8293)
You can find our wine showcasing at the following annual events.
Clyde Wine and Food Festival
Main street, Clyde, Central Otago
Alexandra Basin Winegrowers - New Releases Tasting
Olivers Garden, Clyde