WELCOME

Established in time for Vintage 2016, Matt Connell Wines was born out of a desire to find, and work with, parcels of fruit that we believe are incredibly special to Central Otago and that could develop into the wines we love to drink ourselves. We develop wines that are different by design and showcase special growers, sites and stories and exude richness of flavour, complexity, and balance.

THE BACKSTORY

THE WINES

The success of my wines each year is reliant on my ability to catalogue a history of winemaking and call on those memories to highlight the best qualities of each vintage and site. I have high expectations, and unlike larger operations, I am relying on the taste and flavour from a small number of barrels to successfully blend the perfect Pinot. From just a handful of barrels we have routinely created award winning wines that surpassed the judgement of experts tasting more than 2000 bottles. The one wine competition that we actively enter is New Zealand’s largest -The New Zealand International Wine competition. I have been fortunate enough to see a wine I made win the Champion Pinot Noir Trophy 4 times in the last 6 years. Since the creation of our own wines, we have followed on with consistently high results.

New Zealand International Wine Show Awards

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"Having the winemaker serve you at the cellar door just lifts the experience. The wines Matt makes are wonderful examples of the taste of central. Make sure you have lots of questions because he can answer them all, could have stayed for hours, I rate this 10 stars ⭐️"

Annmaree Talbot

The Tasting Room

180 State Highway
Cromwell 9310

Open by appointment

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