Gibbston Valley Winery's newest addition, The General
Store, features Central Otago beehives and weathered and
worn wood, some of which came from chicken coops at the
Gibbston Valley Homestead. Photos supplied.
A Queenstown winery had a busy build-up to Christmas,
opening a new wine-tasting store in Arrowtown and its own
''General Store'', which harks back to the gold mining era,
with rustic and recycled furniture, - at Gibbston.
Gibbston Valley Winery opened its ''old style'' store last
week, featuring a rough-sawn kahikatea floor, a solid timber
main shop counter, resting on top of old Gibbston Valley
Winery barrels, and multicoloured beehives - a distinctive
feature in the Central Otago landscape.
The General Store, selling a mix of products displayed on a
collection of original kitchen and farm homestead tables,
occupies a 45sq m space in a building next to the Gibbston
Cupboard fronts on shelving units were fashioned from
weathered and worn Gibbston Valley Homestead chicken coops.
Gibbston Valley Winery chief executive Greg Hunt said the
store, featuring interior design under the direction of
Terrence Vallelunga, aimed to be an attraction in its own
The exterior of the historic building housing the new ''A
Tasting of Gibbston Valley Winery'' store in the main
street of Arrowtown.
''We want to provide a retail experience that is inviting
and relaxing, and imbues southern hospitality.
''We really wanted to have it open in time for the busy
summer period, in order to give people a reason to linger
longer at Gibbston Valley Winery, with a place where they can
browse in comfort.''
The General Store was selling a wide range of artisan and
homeware products, from preserves, jams, herb rubs and other
treats from the kitchen of Gibbston Valley Winery chef Mark
Sage, to confectionery, Kiwiana wine products, books,
clothing and kitchenware.
''As with the old-style stores, it will feature a really
eclectic mix of goods,'' Mr Hunt said.
The winery had also launched a tasting room in Arrowtown,
next to the historic BNZ building on Buckingham St. Based in
the old bank building, A Tasting of Gibbston Valley Winery
has been introduced to complement Arrowtown's food and drink
''It will be very simple, with a lean-to bar inside where you
can taste the full range of Gibbston Valley Wines, enjoy a
chat with our cellar door staff and learn about the winery,''
Mr Hay said.
Aside from the wine tastings, people could buy concert
tickets from the building and book lunch at the winery.
''It is a cute little building with wood floors and is
classified as an historic building. The intent of this outlet
will be to promote Gibbston Valley Winery.''
Architect Ed Elliott and Mr Vallelunga have kept in the past,
keeping the wooden floors and counter.
Images of the vineyards and the Gibbston winery are displayed
in the small building, so people can get an idea of the area
without travelling there.
Mr Hunt said he would like to promote bike rides through the
winery from the new tasting rooms as well as work alongside
bike operators in the area.
The tasting room will have on and an off licences, so people
can drink on site or take a bottle away.
''There are no other tasting rooms in Arrowtown and so I
think we will add to the richness offered to the visitor.''
The opening of the two additions to the Gibbston Valley
Winery capped off a successful year for the company, in which
it celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first commercial
Last week, the winery also launched a ''Vintner's Kitchen''
experience, aimed at those who do not have time to stay for
lunch and want to combine wine tasting with a small plate of
matching food. It was expected to prove popular with
cyclists, who, since the opening of the Queenstown Trail in
October, had been visiting the winery all through the day.