Coal Pit Vineyard is one of the smallest in Central Otago with winery on site.
Just 5 mins from Kinross, located at an elevation of 380 metres Coal Pit's Gibbston vineyard takes its name from the historical coal pit site in the nearby mountain ranges.
First planted in 1994 with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, Coal Pit is now one of the few "single" vineyards in Gibbston where the grapes are grown, picked and crafted on site to express the distinct purity of the wines from this unique Central Otago terroir. The wines are all produced to exacting and traditional methods being ages in French oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months.
Since its purchase in 2001 by the current owner, Rosie Dunphy, only modest amounts of wine have been produced, with the focus on improving sustainable viticultural practice.
Its recent Coal Pit Tiwha Pinot Noir 2014 received 'pure elite gold' and the Air New Zealand wine awards and also a Gold at the IWC (International Wine Challenge). The 2018 Tiwha more recently won the IWC Sustainable Trophy for 2020, a credit to Rosie and her team.