Vinoble is proud to present a selection of Central Otago wines Hong Kong. The region is a dramatic, mountainous area on the southern edge of New Zealand's South Island, and boasts the record for the world's most southerly wine region. Centered around Queenstown, the majority of the vines planted here are Pinot Noir, and while settlers came to the region for the mining industry in the 19th century, it was not until the 1970s that the wine industry took off. In contrast to other parts of New Zealand, Central Otago has an intense, short growing season with dramatic temperature variations. Heat and frost are equal risks to the steep hillside vineyards of Central Otago and the climate is the only one in New Zealand to be described as 'continental.' Extreme sports and other tourist activities thrive in Queenstown and the wine industry has benefited from this tourism as well. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling are the area's leading grapes. The mountainous terrain leads to a range of micro-climates within the six sub-regions of Wanaka, Bendigo, Gibbston, Cromwell, Bannockburn, and Alexandra. Critics have proclaimed Central Otago as one of the world's best Pinot Noir producing regions, with the Cromwell region having the highest density of plantings. The Pinot Noir of Central Otago is known for its combination of lush, ripe fruit and well delineated structure, thanks to the diurnal temperature variations. There are now nearly 80 wineries in the Central Otago Wine Region.