Passion for his vineyard, an inherent love of the environment, and a desire to produce exquisite wines year after year.. these are the driving forces behind Domenic Mondillo. Central Otago has a distinct semi-continental climate, found nowhere else in New Zealand. It is one of the hottest, coldest and driest regions in New Zealand. Domenic Mondillo selected the Bendigo property, after years of vineyard developments throughout Central Otago, being the warmest site in the coolest region. Domenic believes this is the key to consistently ripening Pinot Noir and Riesling, where tannin structure is developed and the complexity if found in wine. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, the winemaking is very ‘hands off’ with minimal intervention. All Mondillo grapes are de-stemmed and quality French Oak barrels are used for the Pinot Noir.