Burn Cottage Vineyard Property is a twenty four hectare estate in the foothills of the Pisa range in Central Otago, New Zealand. The vineyard is owned by the Sauvage family which also owns the celebrated Koehler Ruprecht estate in the Pfalz region of Germany, as well as several fine wine importing and wholesaling companies in the United States.
The property was purchased in 2002. It had been grazed by sheep for as
long as can currently be remembered. There were, and are, no immediate
vineyard neighbors. The site was much coveted in the region for it is
sheltered from both northerly and southerly winds by large hills and
forms a beautiful, protected bowl, much like a modern amphitheatre.
Husband and wife Marquis Sauvage and Dianne Sauvage were on a return
trip from the Mornington Peninsula in Australia and had decided to visit
several regions in New Zealand. For some time the family had
contemplated starting their own winery. Dianne
and Marquis were struck by the extraordinary beauty of Central Otago and
became even more impressed after tasting through the region's wines,
particularly Felton Road and Gibbston Valley. They decided that they had
found the place they were looking for.
Marquis continued the property search with a real estate broker and came
across the Burn Cottage site. As Marquis likes to say, he had visited
enough great vineyards around the world and this one had the right look.
Unbeknownst to the Sauvages, several prominent, local wineries and
winemakers were interested in the site and had had their eyes upon
it for some time.
The property became available in January of 2002 and the Sauvages were able to purchase it at auction.
The Sauvages contacted Ted Lemon owner and winemaker of Littorai Wines
in Sebastopol, CA to seek his involvement in the project. The Sauvages
were unaware at the time that Ted already had deep connections to New
Zealand and particularly to Central Otago. Ted and Marquis traveled to
New Zealand to see the property and Ted was sold on the idea upon the