By Georgie


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New Zealand Pinot Noir was put on the map in Central Otago by Gibbston Valley.  Their winemaker at the time was Grant Taylor and he is acknowledged as a "father" of New Zealand Pinot Noir.  Having spent 15 years in Napa Valley and Burgundy, Grant returned to Central Otago to pioneer the Pinot Noir grape at Gibbston Valley Vineyard.  He took this through to a number of international gold medals. Grant is the only winemaker in the world to have won "Best Pinot" 4 times at the London International Wine Fair.

Grant now runs his own vineyard, Valli Wine, and generously spends the occasional day with Ahipara’s guests.  This in-depth look at wine making is ideally suited to the lover of Pinot Noir and covers such things as how and why Grant plants the way he does, the wine making process, terroir etc.  During the course of the day there are barrel tastings and a relaxed lunch is shared together.

Ahipara have a cache of personalised and fabulous wine experiences - from grape picking to blending your own.  For those with a more serious interest a day can be spent with an ex-Chairman of the NZ Wine Export Association to understand the markets.

I have to admit, I am rather partial to Pinot Noir so with luck I will get to meet Grant when I travel to NZ later this year …. then again a spot of picking or blending sounds fun too!