You're not drinking one year's vintage
You’re drinking 30 years of Forrest.
Bannockburn Creek Vineyard
Nestled close to Cromwell is the tortured yet beautiful landscape of Bannockburn, created by miners in their sluicing for gold in the 19th Century. Here vineyards are made up of glacial deposits mixed with miners tailings.
Our vineyard is situated on north-facing terraces on the banks of Lake Dunstan at the head of the Bannockburn Inlet. The micro climate allows natural protection from frosts,cold southerly winds and permits extra ripening from the summer sun. Bannockburn is now the most sought after grape growing region in Otago.
Waitaki Valley Vineyard
Waitaki Valley is one of the newest and most exciting wine growing regions in New Zealand, and now has a number of the countries leading winemakers involved. The potential of the region was identified by the late Howard Patterson, a visionary Otago businessman whose friendship with winemaker Dr John Forrest lead to their fi rst wines from this region.
Situated on the north facing slopes of the Waitaki River, between the towns of Duntroon and Kurow, the land offers a number of unique natural advantages that make it suitable for the production of good Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The land is rich in white limestone soils visible to the naked eye, providing the ‘chalk’ that is famous in the classic premium Pinot Noir region of Burgundy in France.
Dr John Forrest
Dr John William Forrest was born (1955) and bred in Marlborough, New Zealand. A PhD in Neurophysiology decided to become a wine grower and returned to Marlborough in 1988 to establish Forrest Wines alongside his wife Brigid. Lower alcohol and screw cap pioneer, he is known for pushing the boundaries in New Zealand wine.
Dr Brigid Forrest
Alongside the day-to-day involvement in the vineyard, winery and administration, Brigid has served 30 years as a medical doctor working in General Practice, specialising in pregnancy care, birth and families, and then as a community geriatrician managing the physical and mental health of older people and then Hospice, ensuring that people can live life fully to the very end.
General Manager / Winemaker
Masters in Oenology from Adelaide University, Beth brings with her a wealth of knowledge, vibrancy, youth and an infectious passion for winemaking, continuing the innovative, cutting edge and the sometimes mad scientist theories that have made Forrest what it is today.