A new wine-making facility, museum and hotel at Gibbston
Valley Station is expected to be opened by the end of next
Greg Hunt, chief executive of Gibbston Valley Winery, which
is developing the 400ha Gibbston Valley Station project, told
the Otago Daily Times the self-financed owners of both
properties were now ready to move on the development after
two years of preparation.
Site works began last year for the relocation of the
wine-making facility from next to the courtyard into a new
building near the barrel hall.
''After this coming harvest in April-May, we'll look at
moving the winery facility, and that is exciting,'' Mr Hunt
The new facility will be constructed in six months and will
need to be ready for the 2014 harvest.
The move will free up a shed, which will be converted to a
museum and also serve as a meet-and-greet area for customers.
''We are a pioneering winery,'' Mr Hunt said.
''[Gibbston Valley Wines founder] Alan Brady and others have
a lot of mementos and photos and I want to put all that on
''My goal would be to have it open by the summer of 2014.
It's another thing to engage people when they visit the
Design work for the resource-consented hotel project is
expected to be finalised this year and it is hoped
construction will begin next year.
The 50 cottage-style units will be built in small clusters on
a separate title.
''We've got a lot of things to tie into the hotel. From
there, we'd be looking at the start of the golf course
development, tentatively in 2014.''
The Gibbston summer concert returns for its third year on
February 23 with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Bachman and
Turner and America performing live for an anticipated 15,000
''We are now in a position with what we have achieved at the
winery to move to our next stage of development,'' Mr Hunt