Valli's Gibbston vineyard is next door to Kinross, growing some of the best pinot noir and pinot gris that Gibbston has become known for. Grant Taylors' name is synonymous with central Otago pinot noir and is one of NZ's most awarded pinot noir winemakers. Most famous for winning the trophy for 'Best Pinot Noir' at the one of the world's largest wine competitions in London, not once, but four times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world.
An Otago native, Grant's wine journey began 18 years before establishing Valli, in Napa, California where he helped establish two different world renowned wineries and at the same time becoming a renowned winemaker.
Upon his return to New Zealand, he became the first winemaker at Gibbston Valley Winery. During the past 19 years he has made the first wines for a number of iconic Otago wineries, but now concentrates on Valli.
Established in 1998, with the aim of creating true representations of Otago's subregions, four in total, Bendigo, Waitaki, Bannockburn and Gibbston he expresses these with unflinching intensity and purity, it was also a first for the region – no one had attempted to capture, let alone master the developing subregional plot that has now begun to unfold as the next exciting chapter in the Otago wine story.
Grant and Jen often pop into Kinross for a coffee so keep an eye out for them!
Our Kinross Wine Club is an exciting way to explore our five partner wines, accessing limited releases, rare vintages, wine celebrations, private tastings and much more. Within our Wine Club suite, are three tiers of Valli only selections. We created these for our many Valli loving customers, who are interested in building into their collections rare and cellared wine that isn't available on general shelves.