AMISFIELD was founded by John Darby in Central Otago at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island in 1988, inspired by memories of childhood holidays in the area. The first vines were planted in 1999, and there are now 92 hectares planted in the Cromwell basin beneath the Pisa Mountain range, on land that was formally a Merino sheep farm called Amisfield Station. The landscape here is ruggedly dramatic with a range of soils. Amisfield is fully organic and one of the largest single estates in Central Otago. The climate is semi-continental with cold winters, hot summers and low rainfall - perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines, which are are crafted in a purpose-built state-of-the-art winery designed by Christchurch architect Charlie Nott in 2006. Using minimal intervention practices, these wines have remarkable purity, intensity and vibrancy.