About Black Peak Wines

James McElrea has launched a Central Otago wine brand focussing on Riesling and Pinot Noir for the discerning wine market.  James has been part of the winemaking team at Maude Wines in Wanaka since 2007 and this experience has shaped his winemaking philosophy’s.  Previous to that, after Lincoln University, James spent 7 years as a flying winemaker in France, Spain, North and South Americas, Australia, as well as in Central Otago and Marlborough.  James has worked with the fruit from this exceptional Queensberry site since 2007 and was excited to be able to create his own expression of this vineyard, albeit in small amounts!