The Valli estate is a relatively new, boutique winery in NZ which was established in 1998 by Otago’s pioneering winemaker, Grant Taylor. Grant has been making wines in Otago since 1993 when there were only 20 hectares under vine. During the past two decades, he has produced the first releases from many Otago wineries which are today considered iconic, however his focus now is entirely on his own production. The estate is named after his Great-Great Grandfather Giuseppe Valli, who emigrated to New Zealand from an Italian winemaking background. Grant has blazed a trail in establishing Otago subregions, which has...
Gibbston Pinot is the Estate’s flagship wine; the Gibbston vineyard is situated in central Otago, which is the coolest of the subregions and has the slowest ripening season. The warmer-climate Bannockburn vineyard is 20km from Gibbston in the Cromwell basin. The newest vineyard acquisition is Bendigo, also in Central Otago, which was planted in 2006. Grant was involved in the original Bendigo plantings across five different sites and the Valli grapes are sourced from his favourite location of the higher elevated Chinaman’s Terrace, offering cooler temperatures in this warmer region. The cooler Northern Otago Waitaki vineyard with limestone soil was planted in 2001 with early ripening Dijon and Pommard clones. The high-grade blue slate soil in Alexandra vineyard in central Otago nurtures the 31 year old Riesling vines, which also benefit from the greatest diurnal temperature range of all of New Zealand’s winegrowing regions.