Burn Cottage is a 24 ha integrated farm with around 11 ha vineyards in the foothills of the Pisa range in Central Otago. The boutique winery has gained a cult status. The vineyard is owned by the Sauvage family which also owns the celebrated Koehler Ruprecht estate in the Pfalz region of Germany, as well as several fine wine importing and wholesaling companies in the United States.
In 2002, husband and wife Marquis Sauvage and Dianne Sauvage fell in love with the extraordinary beauty of Central Otago and became even more impressed after tasting through the region's wines.
Previously grazed by sheep, the first blocks were planted in 2003. The vineyard development has continued at a loving and deliberate pace to ensure that only the best plant material has been used. With the help of global wine guru Ted Lemon of Littorai Wines in Sonoma County, Burn Cottage makes top pinot noirs and a blended white from riesling and grüner veltliner. Ted Lemon was the first American ever hired to manage an estate in Burgundy, Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault and is well known in both the new and old worlds for his passionate devotion to producing terroir driven wines.
Burn Cottage has a tiny production of approximately 5000 cases.
Reviews & Accolades:
- “Burn Cottage’s pinot noir releases are always noteworthy.” – Bob Campbell MW
- Top Wineries of New Zealand 2018 & 2019 & 2020 & 2021 – Bob Campbell MW
- “Every wine since the inaugural release with the 2009 vintage has been noteworthy and outstanding.” – Raymond Chan
- 4 stars – The Eighth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification – Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer