Kingsmill Wines. Handcrafted Fine Wines
The rugged landscape of Bannockburn and Cromwell in Central Otago is spectacular. The majestic landscape of the Bannockburn gold sluicings was forged by years of hard work and toil at the hands of some very committed and dedicated gold miners in the late 1800's. This was a time when the hills were literally filled with gold and promises of untold wealth and fortune.
Kingsmill Wines is a boutique vineyard located in the heart of this stunning country. The vineyard itself is perched atop an old alluvial terrace containing the original "Tippet's Dam" which was key to the gold mining of the area as it was used to supply water to the face of the Bannockburn sluicings. These sluicings are now a Department of Conservation Reserve and provide a stunning view from the bottom of the vineyard.
The property was purchased in 2000 by Phillip Horn and Donna Abrams with the express purpose of producing a unique and premium pinot noir. The soils are free draining, gold bearing schist, with some clay component in the south west corner.