Gibbston Valley marks 25 years of ‘lifeline’ vineyard (NZ)
Gibbston Valley Wines will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first commercial grape harvest in Central Otago tomorrow. In 1987, three companies produced wine including Taramea near Arrowtown, Gibbston Valley Wines and Rippon at Wanaka. Taramea survived only a few years but Gibbston Valley and Rippon went on to become international brands. The 1987 Gibbston Valley wines were the first Central Otago wines on the market in May 1988, reports the Southland Times.