Te Kano


Te Kano, Maori for seed, celebrates the lone surviving Kowhai tree affectionately known as ‘Old Man Kowhai’ on the Northburn slopes above Lake Dunstan — on land Te Kano Estate calls home.

Proprietor Rhonda Lloyd fell in love with the land and lifestyle of Central Otago. Invested three vineyards in the region, all under the careful guidance of Estate Manager Nick Hunter - 'Jerome' Vineyard located in Paterson Road, Bannockburn, 'Eliza' Vineyard located in Felton Road, Bannockburn, both named after beloved family members. The Northburn site was purchased in 2015, planted in 2015-2019. Dave Sutton is a fun character, who manages their winemaking and is also the General Manager.

In a short period of time, they have established themselves to produce sublime quality wines. Here, I review their current releases.



  • Te Kano Pinot Gris 2019, Central Otago
  • Te Kano Blanc de Noir 2019, Central Otago
  • Te Kano Rosé 2019, Central Otago
  • Te Kano Chardonnay 2018, Central Otago
  • Te Kano Pinot Noir 2018, Central Otago

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