Award-winning Akarua is the largest privately owned single-estate vineyard in Central Otago, with 50 hectares of stunning vineyard. First planted in 1996 by Sir Clifford Skeggs. The Akarua team are focused on managing the quality of the fruit in the vineyard through to winemaking in their winery; giving them complete control from vineyard through to bottle. Bannockburn, the sub region in Central Otago where Akarua is located has been described as the 'jewel in Central Otago's crown'.
Andrew Keenleyside - winemaker. Andrew Keenleyside has been a key member of the Akarua winemaking team since 2009 when he joined as Assistant Winemaker. More than ready for the next progression in his career Andrew was promoted to Head Winemaker in September 2015. After graduating from Massey University with an Applied Science degree he spent three years as a vineyard manager in the North Island. Based at Akarua in Bannockburn, Andrew is responsible for managing our 350 tonne winery, which is purpose built for producing Akarua’s premium Pinot Noir and sparkling wines, as well as white wines. Andrew believes that his challenge as a winemaker is to capture the intensity of flavour of the grapes at the optimum point; at the peak of flavour and the threshold of ripeness. Central Otago as a region offers plenty of uncharted territory. Every vintage is a journey, with a new set of challenges.