My friend and I went to Gibbston without knowing what to expect except we'd heard they have good wine. It is a beautiful winery! Its more of what I expected from a winery than all the others we visited while in NZ. This is due to a comparison from Napa/Sonoma. They have a very nice Cheesery where we got a delicious sandwich for lunch, which we shared. They also had a great assortment of other goodies for cooking and eating. I purchased a couple of things they had out as samples. Their cheese was amazing too!
We had Aaron as our tour guide but since we were the only 2 on the tour we had his undivided attention. He was very knowledgeable about the winery and wine in general. While the tour was $15 we had an opportunity to try 3 wines. The "cave" isn't nearly what some are in other parts of the world are but there is no other place that smells like a wine cave. If you've been in one you know what I mean! It was interesting to see but is a bit steep in cost.
We were going to lunch in the restaurant but we were too late after we went shopping in their gift shop. This was the BEST gift shop we saw at any winery the entire trip. Unfortunately it was early on our trip so we didn't buy some things we thought we'd see later. Lesson learned. Even in the Marlborough region, none of the 7 wineries we went to had gift shops. The restaurant area for outdoor eating was just beautiful. Even eating in front of the cheesery where they had several cafe and picnic tables was lovely.
The wine itself was very nice. They have several pinot's some of which are much better than the other. We did find their wine less expensive elsewhere so keep that in mind.
This is a very nice winery and a great way to wile away the day.
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