Our Story

2019 NEWS: After 17 years of farming our land, Pisa Terrace, we have sold our vineyard. It is in the good hands and care of Mount Edward, who will continue organic farming of this exceptional site. Thank you for joining us on our journey and enjoying Ellero wine.

John Montero and Duncan Forsyth (Mount Edward)

Central Otago is a spectacular region, halfway between the Equator and the South Pole. Its rugged beauty, generous people and outstanding grape growing environment drew us to live here. This synergy and vitality inspire us to grow excellent wines.

We are artisan winegrowers dedicated to making honest wines that reflect the individuality of our vineyard sites. We produce Pinot Noir from our organically managed vineyard, Pisa Terrace, Gewürztraminer from a neighboring vineyard, and Riesling from the steepest slopes of our vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand. Just as Ellero is a composite of our surnames, Manell and Montero, the wines we make are a fusion of our lifelong history in the wine business, our choices, our hands on approach and the commitment to our vineyard and winemaking.