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Gibbston Valley Wines
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Ranked #33 of 125 things to do in Queenstown
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located just 25 minutes from Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand, Gibbston Valley Winery offers a premium Central Otago wine and food experience. The winery is centered in one of the world's most-celebrated Pinot Noir producing regions, and famously creates world-champion wine. Gibbston Valley is home to New Zealand's largest wine cave and offers a range of different group and private winery and cave tours, making it a popular attraction for visitors from around the world. Return transportation from Queenstown to the winery is available daily on the Gibbston Valley shuttle. Winner of the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, the winery also features an award-winning winery restaurant open daily for lunch, a cellar door where you can try Gibbston Valley's full range of wines, on-site cheesery and bike centre offering bike hire and direct access to some of the top trails in Queenstown. A visit to the winery is also a chance to see their talented winemaking team in action. All of their wine is handpicked and handcrafted using traditional winemaking methods including producing organic wine, certified organic by BioGrow New Zealand. If you're heading to Queenstown, don't miss the chance to try, taste and savour the range of wine, food and biking experiences offered at Gibbston Valley Winery. Please contact us for booking details.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

The winery is stunning & what I would expect of a great New Zealad winery - it has a little cafe on site, a cheese factory, a beautiful little courtyard, they even do combined wine & chocolate tasting, they offer wine tours but we just missed the last one. However... the staff we rude - we were forced into taking our tastings outside for a self guided tasting - granted it was a stunning way to enjoy the wine but it wasn't our first choice. This was one of my mums first visits to a winery & the staff couldn't have cared less about answering her questions on 3 separate occasions they ignored her. We were charged significantly more for tasting here than anywhere else I've ever been & when we returned to purchase our favouite bottle the staff were more interested in pouring themselves a glass of wine - granted it was the end of the day. If your looking for a true winery experience give this one a miss, if you want to sit in the sun & enjoy a glass of wine defintely stop.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

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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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Wine tour ($15 pp) had all the potential of being interesting and fun, but Aaron (he could have been having an 'off' day) was disinterested and couldn't get rid of the tour group fast enough.
As a kiwi who has been to wineries in NZ, Australia, and America... I was disappointed because the potential was there to be a great showcase for NZ wines - an awesome location and great wines, but the execution of this tour was poor.
Do go to the cheese shop next door... The tasting was awesome!

Thank dunkirk31
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Our group came to the winery for an afternoon snack/antipasta plate - delicious! Then we enjoyed a walk in the vineyard and tasting in the cellar. The wait staff were good and fun. I'd definitely return.

Thank peach8054
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We did the wine tour and tasting in the cave, very interesting and informative. There is also a cheesery and gift shop. We arrived too late to try the restuarant, but would make a good stop off for lunch and a sampling of one of the excellent wines.

Thank jaydubsWiltshire
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