In 1975, Rolfe Mills began to experiment with Vitis Vinifera. Their first commercial vintage was released in 1989.
Central Otago is considered the only continental climate in New Zealand. This offers the viticulture high ultra violet light, long sunshine hours and highly refractive soils. Combined with the selection of slopes and terrains, the mountainous airflow and the vineyard's proximity to Lake Wanaka, Rippon has everything they need to produce high quality, organic and biodynamic wines.