Cultivar uvas nesse extremo sul é trabalho árduo, mas um gole da pinot noir local dirá que o esforço vale totalmente a pena.
Gibbston, also known as the "Valley of the Vines", is one of the most picturesque wine making areas you have ever seen. The vineyards are pressed, sometimes precariously, between mountains of resistant schist and the gorge of the rocky Kawarau River.
This area of high altitude is subject to very cold winters, dry and very hot summers and a very high temperature average during the day and at night. These difficult conditions led to the creation of especially magnificent wines, recognized worldwide through international awards. More than 70% of the grapes grown here are pinot noir; other varieties include chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc.
Like wine, the Gibbston is known for its delicious cheese . Cheeses with washed crust and sheep's milk can be added to the picnic basket along with some excellent bottles of pinot noir.
Located at the western end of the Gibbston, is the Kawarau Bridge, where you can watch bungee jumpers as they throw themselves from the panoramic deck towards the turbulent river, or you can even take a chance on this adventure.