Gibbston, also known as the "Vine Valley", may be one of the most beautiful wine grape growing areas you have ever seen. Large and small wineries are sandwiched like sandwiches between the rough and steep schist mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge. Some places look particularly steep.
In this high-altitude area, winter is cold, summer is dry and hot, and the temperature difference between day and night is huge. Such a sinister natural environment continues to produce high-quality wines that are highly regarded internationally. More than 70% of the grapes grown here are Pinot Noir, and other varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
In addition to wine, Gibbston is also famous for its delicious and attractive cheeses. When going out in the wild, you might as well put some washed soft cheese and sheep milk cheese in your picnic basket. It goes well with high-quality Pinot Noir wine. At the western end of the Gibbston stands quietly the Kawarau Bridge, where you can watch many bungee jumpers leaping down the turbulent river. Bungee jumping is an extremely ornamental sport.