Cultivar uvas tan lejos hacia el sur es una tarea ardua, pero un sorbo del pinot noir local te va a demostrar que vale la pena todo el esfuerzo.

Gibbston, also known as the "Valley of the Vines", is one of the most beautiful grape growing areas you will see. The vineyards are sandwiched, sometimes precariously, between rugged shale mountains and the rocky gorge of the Kawarau River.

This high-altitude area is subject to cold winters, hot and dry summers, and great thermal amplitude. These difficult conditions produce excellent wines, recognized worldwide and with numerous international awards. More than 70% of the grapes grown here are pinot noir; other varieties are chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc.

Some popular vineyards in the Gibbston include:

Peregrine Wines(opens in new window) | Waitiri Creek Wines | Chard Farm Winery

Gibbston Valley Winery | Mt Rosa Winery | Brennan Wines(opens in new window) | Coal Pit Wine(opens in new window)

Amisfield Winery & Bistro


Besides wine, the Gibbston is known for its delicious cheese . You can add washed rind and sheep's milk cheeses to your picnic basket, as well as some excellent bottles of pinot noir.

At the western end of the Gibbston is the Kawarau Bridge, where you can watch people bungy jumping into the turbulent river from the lookout, or you can even take the jump yourself. 

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