Raising grapes this far south is hard work, but one sip of the local Gibbston pinot noir tells you the effort is absolutely worthwhile.
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Wine types found in Queenstown and Gibbston
Fondly known as the 'Valley of the Vines', the Gibbston area of Queenstown is one of the most scenic wine growing areas in New Zealand. Vineyards are sandwiched between rugged mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge.
This high altitude area is subject to cold winters, hot dry summers and a huge night-to-day temperature range. These challenging conditions have led to consistently superb wines, worldwide recognition and an avalanche of international awards.
More than 70% of the grapes grown here are pinot noir. Other varieties include chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc.