Join Cullen with Christopher Keys the Winemaker from Gibbston Valley making great wines from inside his cave making wine slowly with one taste at a time.
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Arriving at the Gibbston Valley winery looking for more great wines, just a few miles from Queenstown is a unique experience.
The vineyard is tucked beautifully into the mountainside drenched in the warm baking sun of central Otago, cradling a beautiful outdoor restaurant that forms a warm and inviting array of spaces that act as comfortable tasting houses.
From the time you arrive at the bottom of the long drive with vines either side, you can sense the experiences ahead will be something unique.
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Is a motto here inside one of the region’s unique and founding wineries, the focus has always been on handcrafting great wines while honouring the traditions that have built up over time since releasing Central Otago’s first commercial vintage in 1987.
Gibbston Valley wines are unfined, unfiltered and sustainably produced.
The ruggedly-beautiful and incredibly diverse setting stands out as the warm and friendly staff are inspired by the pursuit of good wine, good food and what they like to call good living.
Christopher Keys has an artistic background in both languages and literature, and his life took an unexpected turn when he ventured into life as a winemaker.
From 1998 to 2006, he worked in wineries in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand the USA and France; a period notable for soaking up as much wine knowledge as possible.
Christopher oversees the wine-making at Gibbston Valley, often with a camera in hand to engage his other passion, photography.
Gibbston valley offers an experience wine tasting in New Zealand’s largest wine cave
Daily wine cave and tasting tours are hosted and provide an opportunity where you can visit the Home Block, the region’s oldest vineyard, do a tasting in the wine cave and catch a glimpse of the winemakers in action.
For a more exclusive experience, upgrade to one of their great wine private tour options.
The wine cave is also available for private functions including weddings, corporate dinners, and other special events.
More details can be found at https://www.gibbstonvalley.com/experience/winery-tours/
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