Our Story

Terra Sancta is a small, beautiful vineyard, located on Felton Road, Bannockburn, Central Otago. Mark and Sarah, the owners, together with our winemakers, Jen and Jody, our viticulturist, Len, and our head of customer relations, Smithy, have a focus not just about making thrilling and memorable wine, but on providing people great experiences. Wine is a part of life, not separate from it. 

Our vineyard home...

Terra Sancta is our name. It means “sacred earth”, or, in modern Kiwi, “special dirt”. The famed Bannockburn region has long been viewed as very special earth. First by the miners who sluiced the hills in their search for gold, and now by wine makers and wine drinkers, who believe that the earth of Bannockburn produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. Tucked safely on a thin tendril of land between the old gold mining hills and ruins behind, and the edges of the brilliant glacial blue of the Kawerau River in front, our wine comes from a spectacular place. The estate comprises two main areas, the part that borders the river, called Terra, and the part that runs along Felton Road, named Sancta.

Our terrior...

Wine uniquely translates the earth into a tangible aroma and flavour experience. The schist gravels and the wild thyme with its throw of perfume, create a unique experience of this particular place. Located on Felton Road, the Terra Sancta estate contains the first vines planted in Bannockburn, and indeed in the entire Wanaka-Cromwell-Bendigo region. Our vineyard has over 6,000 trees and is alive with bees and butterflies, while the earth is covered with the wild thyme that grows so uniquely in the area.

Our wines...

Making Pinot Noir is difficult, but rewarding - and often likened to the pursuit of the holy grail for winemakers. The vision of the estate is to produce beautiful wines for generations. We have three categories of wines: Single Block wines, made only of Pinot Noir, and a truly distinctive expression of the particular blocks from which they emanate; an Estate range of wines made from the Terra Sancta estate; and the delicious, earlier drinking, superb quality Mysterious Diggings range. Our wines are handcrafted, and consistently recognised as distinctive. Our Pinot Noirs, in particular, have won multiple awards, and consistently rate amongst the best New Zealand wines. We are aiming to have the best quality wine in each price category.

Our focus and direction...

The focus of the next decades is simple; to build an enduring company that produces beautiful wines, over which people enjoy great experiences. We feel privileged to share our wines and vineyards with anyone with a love for or interest in wine, whether a Master of Wine, or someone who is curious and has never been to a vineyard before.

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