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In Central Otago, every day is a holiday. This landscape is so fantastic and the region is so strkingly beautiful and it's a bonus to grow grapes so well here.<br /><br />Rudi Bauer Quartz Reef applies the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer, who continues to enjoy & explore the Pinot Noir's many dimensions, and the convergence of the old and the new wine worlds. As a pioneer of Central Otago, Rudi Bauer understands and believes with a passion in the wonderful future for Central Otago as a fine wine growing region. With two decades of experience making first-class wine there, he sees himself at the beginning of the journey, one that will by necessity be carried on by generations after him.<br /><br />Raymond Chan In Central Otago, every day is a holiday. This landscape is so fantastic and the region is so strkingly beautiful and it's a bonus to grow grapes so well here.<br /><br />Rudi Bauer As a pioneer of Central Otago, Rudi Bauer understands and believes with a passion in the wonderful future for Central Otago as a fine wine growing region. With two decades of experience making first-class wine there, he sees himself at the beginning of the journey, one that will by necessity be carried on by generations after him.<br /><br />Raymond Chan

In Central Otago, every day is a holiday. This landscape is so fantastic and the region is so strkingly beautiful and it\'s a bonus to grow grapes so well here.

Rudi Bauer

Winemaker

Quartz Reef applies the proven winemaking talents of Austrian-born Rudi Bauer, who continues to enjoy & explore the Pinot Noir's many dimensions, and the convergence of the old and the new wine worlds.

Rudi Bauer

Rudi was born in the district of Salzburg, Austria. Gaining degrees in viticulture and winemaking in Gumpoldskirchen (1975-79) and Krems (1980-82) in Austria and followed by winemaking business college in Bad Kreuznach (1983-84), Germany.

1985
Arrived in New Zealand – Mission Vineyard, Hawkes Bay as Assistant Winemaker

1986
Vintage at Simi winery, Sonoma County, California Sokol-Blosser winery, Oregon

1988
Vintage at Simi winery, as small lot winemaker

1989 - 1992
Viticulturist/winemaker at Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka

1992
Vintage at Meo Camuzet, Vosne-Romanee, Burgundy

1993 - 1997
Winemaker at Giesen Wine Estate, Canterbury

1996
Formed Quartz Reef

1999
Champion Winemaker of the Year - Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand Easter Wine Show

2000
Driving force, with Alan Brady, behind the first Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration

2002
Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Chairman

2004
International Pinot Noir Celebration Wellington 2004, board member

2010
Der Feinschmecker Wine Awards “Winemaker of the Year” Nominee
(one of six in world and first ever in New Zealand)

Royal Agricultural Society New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2010