The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Wine bar opens in New Zealand’s newest wine region

A restored former Post Office has been transformed into a wine bar in New Zealand’s newest wine region, Waitaki.

Valli owners Grant Taylor and Nicole Schofield have been growing grapes and making wine in Gibbston, Bannockburn, Bendigo and Waitaki for a quarter of a century, but Valli Wine Bar in Kurow is their first public face.

“We wanted to create somewhere people can celebrate special occasions, where they can relax after a long day on the cycle trail or catch up on the latest town news,” says Schofield.

“Waitaki is New Zealand’s newest wine region – with the first commercial vintage in 2004. It’s limestone soils lend incredibly unique characteristics to the wines.

Schofield says the wine bar will serve Valli Wines from their Waitaki vineyard, so people can see what the region can do.

“Everyone in Waitaki realises it’s not a competition. We’re all in the same boat, growing wines in this epic region and celebrating the wine we can produce,” she says.

Tourism Waitaki Consumer and Trade Marketing Manager Krissy Griggs saysthe Waitaki wine industry is already working together.

“Waitaki is a small winemaking region, where growers focus on carefully selected, small quantities that deliver ethereal, aromatic wines.

“By showcasing what this region can do, all Waitaki winegrowers will benefit from Valli Wine Bar.”

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