The stunningly beautiful Rippon Vineyard is situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka, with views across the lake to Ruby Island and the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Buchanan Mountains. One of Central Otago's oldest vineyards, it is also one of the highest at 330 metres above sea level, with an 1800-metre mountain as a backdrop.
Lois and the late Rolfe Mills were among Central Otago's earliest viticulture pioneers. Rolfe, who died in 2000, planted the first experimental range of vines in 1974, and now the vineyard has been producing award-winning wines for over 30 years.
Today, Rippon Vineyard is run by Lois Mills with her son, Nick, as winemaker. Nick is a proponent of the biodynamic approach to viticulture. Wine writer Keith Stewart put it thus: "This is the sort of wine that makes the back of your neck hum."