Well, this is MASSIVE ! We are very honoured to be shortlisted by the great Wine Enthusiast Magazine for NEW WORLD… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

~ Producers & Purveyors of Fine Wines & In the Cheering Up Business since 1993 ~

Wine Enthusiast Best of Year 2021 Issue — December


Everyone at Two Paddocks was delighted to receive these exemplary scores and reviews from prestigious US Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, for their 'Best of 2021' Buying Guide - and Editor's Choice for The Fusilier Bannockburn 2018 was a wonderful early Christmas present. Fantastic work from all The Two Paddocks Crew in vineyard & winery.

TWO PADDOCKS The Fusilier Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2018 — 96 points (Editors’ Choice)

“Four years into the making of this wine—from proprietor and actor Sam Neill’s vineyard in Bannockburn, right next door to the renown Felton Road—and the results are stellar. Indeed, Felton’s Block 5 Pinot, in particular, seems cut from a similar cloth, but this bears the unmistakable mark of Two Paddocks. It’s highly perfumed and downright sexy, a tightrope walk of evocative flavor (think fresh red berries, mushrooms and dried flowers) and ultrafine, ethereal tannins. It’s so approachable and complete, in fact, that it’d be tempting to think it’s simpler than it is. But wound up in one harmonious package there’s a lot of layers to this little beauty." Christina Pickard

TWO PADDOCKS The First Paddock Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2018 — 95 points

“The vines at actor Sam Neill’s original, organically farmed vineyard in Gibbston Valley are now over 25 years old, and the resulting wines are better than ever. The color of raspberry juice, this vintage is, to put it bluntly, sexy as hell. The perfume is evocative, a fruit bowl of cranberry and other red berries with florals, tree sap and spice. Then, after all that prettiness, the tannins hit you, unexpectedly muscular yet filigreed. They juxtapose the delicate crunch of fresh fruit. It doesn’t quite carry the complexity of the Fusilier, but it’s the height of elegance and deliciousness nonetheless." Christina Pickard


Two Paddocks

The Short Story


We are Sam Neill { The Proprietor } family and friends: Vintners. Growers and producers of some of the greatest wines imaginable. All modesty aside. We’ve decided this is no company, for modesty. And our wines are so much better than that.


A very very small company, utterly obsessed with Pinot Noir. And Riesling. And with great pride - organics, quality, authenticity, detail and style. Having said all that, we don’t take ourselves at all seriously - the seriousness we leave to our SERIOUS wines.


We have four beautiful organic vineyards artfully scattered around Central Otago . The southernmost wine region in New Zealand. And possibly the world. And you can find, if you try hard, our wines somewhere near you. If that’s too hard, we have a splendid Private Paddock Club, which you are welcome to join.


We planted our first grapes in the Gibbston Valley in 1993, and our first vintage was in 1997. Our last vineyard, on the Felton Rd in Bannockburn, we acquired in 2013. We are absolutely of the present, and indeed the future but we are very mindful of the history, the culture of wine.


That’s a tough question. The existential one. Well, just because we can. Because the Proprietor is slightly mad. Because we think we should. And because we love country life: We also grow saffron, lavender, we have orchards and various decorative animals. We’re farmers.

The Blog - 22 February 2022

Inaugural Private Paddock PICNIC Day 2022

At the end of 2021, we made the heart wrenching decision to cancel the Pop Up and Paddock to Plate Lunch for our Private Paddocks members this year due to...

Inaugural Private Paddock PICNIC Day 2022


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Wine Club

The Private Paddock. It’s a wine club, that will give you access to The Clubhouse (which used to be our cellar door, but which will now only be freely available to our club members). We will have Clubhouse visits, wine tasting, and vineyard/farm tours. It will give you invitations to special Private Paddock events – the occasional dinner, harvest picnics and so on.


Our Vineyards

With land in all three major wine valleys of Central Otago and a long term vision for small single vineyard pinot noir blocks spread throughout region.  Each have a unique soil and climatic blueprint.


The Fusilier

Our last acquisition (2013), located in the very heart of Central Otago wine on Felton Rd. in Bannockburn.


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The First Paddock

Sam's original vineyard. Planted here in the heart of the Gibbston Valley in 1993. 100% Pinot Noir. 4.6 hectares.


Last Chance

The Last Chance

A dramatically beautiful site in Earnscleugh, ideal for Pinot Noir. Two hectares only, planted in 1998.


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Red Bank Farm & Vineyard

At the other end of the Alexandra Basin is our largest vineyard, our home farm (H.Q.) and our Private Paddock...