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Welcome to The
Central Otago Winegrowers Association

Ringed by mountains interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular settings for vineyards. This unique terroir is also world renowned for producing premium quality wines.

The Central Otago Winegrowers Association (COWA) is a collaborative association of grape growers and winemakers working together to share information and ideas on the issues that face the region.  The association provides general advice with regard to grape growing and wine making, provides information and advice on the development of organic vineyards and conversion to organic grapegrowing practices, organises and operates a programme of continuing education and acts as a cooperative for the general promotion of Central Otago grapes and wines.  The association also acts as the local organisation of the Wine Institute of New Zealand (WINZ) and the New Zealand Grape Growers Council (Inc.) and assists members in accessing these organisations. 

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