There is an abundance of outstanding food and wine to discover as you tour through the Queenstown region in your rental motorhome. Maori myth abounds in Queenstown, as do many rivers, which fed into Lake Wakatipu, including the Kawerau River, which passes through the Kawerau Gorge and Gibbston Valley en route. Here some 300 metres above sea level is the southernmost commercial wine region in the world, where the vineyards of the Gibbston Valley cling to sides of the steep river gorge.
Hot dry summer days teamed with cool night temperatures allow grapes to ripen slowly, giving wines an intense flavor, while the soil structure, which differs considerably from other grape-growing regions in New Zealand, is heavily laced with mineral deposits and provides excellent drainage. All in all, regardless of the occasional frost, conditions are more than favourable for the creation of the high quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling, for which the region is renowned.
At Gibbston Valley Wines passersby can sample wine as dramatic as the landscape itself, teamed with a menu that reflects the lifestyle of the region through dishes such as vine-smoked venison, saddle of rabbit and poached rump of lamb. You can also sample a range of handmade cheeses from the onsite cheesery, or join a tour of the vineyard and winery, held on the hour, and finishing with a wine tasting in New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave.
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