About Quartz Reef
Quartz Reef vineyard
Named after New Zealand's largest quartz deposit that lies beneath the vineyards at Bendigo Station, Quartz Reef has become the vessel for what winemaker Rudi Bauer calls - his search to make wines which exhibit "a symphony of flavours" that "capture attention and entertain so that you forget everything else". There are currently 30 hectares under cultivation. The key to this distinction lies in the maturing sun drenched slopes situated at Quartz Reef's Bendigo Estate vineyard. The vineyard is certified biodynamic and thus fits under the current movement of "natural wines".
Quartz Reef winemaker Rudi Bauer
Rudi Bauer was born in the district of Salzburg, Austria. Gaining degrees in viticulture and winemaking in Gumpoldskirchen (1975-79) and Krems (1980-82) in Austria and followed by winemaking business college in Bad Kreuznach (1983-84), Germany. Rudi arrived in New Zealand in 1985. Over the next 11 years he worked for several New Zealand wineries such as the other Central Otago pioneer Rippon as well as vintages in Oregon and Burgundy.
In 1996 Rudi Bauer finally established his own winery Quartz Reef. Rudi won the first gold medal and the first trophy ever awarded to Central Otago wines. He also was awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the Year twice and was nominated Winemaker of the Year by the German Cuisine Magazine Der Feinschmecker as the first Kiwi ever.