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Top 3 Wineries: Gibbston Valley, New Zealand

Heading to Queenstown? Then you’ll want to explore and sip your way through the top 3 wineries the Gibbston Valley Region has to offer.

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MOUNT EDWARD

Mount Edward is an absolute must on your Queenstown wine filled tour. Founded in 1997, the winery was originally started as a small personal project that focused on producing traditional Pinot Noir and Riesling. However in the last 20 years the team behind Mount Edward have transformed their beautiful winery into a organically run and innovative winery, with a mission to create stunning wines, no matter the style.  For the Pinot Noir lovers, this is  the place to get the perfect drop, with each Pinot having its own textured and full flavoured personality. Mount Edward also produce other varieties of wine such as Pet Nat, Orange, Gamay and Chardonnay, and also have a rare yet delicious production of Riesling. Visitors are always welcome, however you must make an appointment first. The team at Mount Edward are knowledgeable, extremely approachable and simply the friendliest wine wakers you’d be lucky enough to meet! Whether you’re a wine specialist or just enjoy a delicious drop, the team will ensure you have an unforgettable visit.


Mount Edward – 34 Coal Pit Road, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand


GIBBSTON VALLEY

First off, can we please thank Alan Brandy, the passionate founder of Gibbston Valley Winery – a man who saw such great potential in a cooler climate and has now created some of the world’s finest wine since the early 1980s. Not only did he create great wine he also created the largest Wine Cave in New Zealand to age his spectacular wines, which are currently filled with more than 400 barrels of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Gibbston Valley Winery has transformed into an adult-wonderland for wine enthusiasts from all over the world. With a Cellar Door, fine dining restaurant, Wine Cave- including tours, Cheesery and biking hub to allow visitors to explore the winery and scenic surrounding trails, it’s easy to see why this is a popular International destination. But it doesn’t stop there, since 2011 Gibbston Valley Winery have hosted their Summer Concert Series in partnership with Greenstone Entertainment, showcasing legendary rock acts to perform against the stunning New Zealand backdrop. The Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert is now Queenstown’s largest annual music event.


Gibbston Valley – 1820 State Highway 6, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand


VALLI

Valli’s Estate Vineyard is a satisfyingly stunning and meticulous display of vines strictly planted at 4050 vines/ha and cropped at only 1kg/vine to ensure perfect ripeness. And the passionate precision doesn’t cease there – Valli Estate was the first vineyard in the valley to be planted in the true north-to-south direction, to maximise the amount of sunlight hours the vines receive, which contributes dramatically to the uniform ripening of fruit, a critical factor in Pinot Noir quality. They’ve even mastered their top soil levels with scrupulous measurements to ensure they are no thicker than .5 – 1m over free draining gravels to allow their vine roots to easily access water and nutrients. And boy does this perfection make a difference to their tantalising wines. Grant Taylor, the winery’s founder, has spent over 25 years perfecting his wine craft for a number of iconic wine producers in the Otago area, and since 1998 he has established the conscientious and beautifully crafted Valli Winery. Visitors are welcome to try an array of their delicious wines, however appointments are essential.


Valli – 2330 Gibbston Hwy, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand


 

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