Arrowtown Queenstown Wine

Winery With a Difference

Written by Jenny McLeod

Summer is a great time to explore the stunning Gibbston region and with a cellar door representing five of the region’s most awarded wineries Kinross is a must-visit on the itinerary.

“Gibbston is fast becoming one of summer’s hottest Queenstown day trip options with numerous cellar doors and adventure activities. Visitors can follow the spectacular cycle trail by the Kawarau River or it’s a quick drive from Arrowtown or Queenstown,” says Kinross general manager Christine Erkkila.

“Kinross offers the chance to sample wines ranging from world-beating classics to small boutique gems. Home to Coal Pit, Hawkshead, Valli, Wild Irishman and our own Kinross label, a wine tasting at Kinross is a journey into the history and characters behind the wines, perfect for those looking to learn more about what makes Central Otago wine so revered globally.”

“There aren’t many places in the world where you can taste wines made by the very person who planted the first grapes in the area,” says Christine. “Kinross is lucky enough to partner with the Wild Irishman himself, Alan Brady, who in his 80s is still leading the pack with his exquisite Pinot Noir.”

Kinross’ sharing style menu and pizza and platter options encourage visitors to settle in for a long lunch in the sunshine and enjoy the property’s outdoor wine garden and pergolas. 

“For those who want to stay longer our boutique vineyard hotel offers cottage stays amongst the vines and a chance to relax in a hot tub below the stars,” says Christine.

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Jenny McLeod