VILLAS AMONG THE VINES

A new luxury accommodation offering in Central Otago is two months from opening.

Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa will offer the ultimate in relaxed luxury, fine wine, culinary excellence and 5-star personal service.

The architecturally-designed lodge comes complete with a striking feature fireplace, high ceilings, sun-filled conservatory, alfresco dining area, an exclusive restaurant, and a Lodge Cellar overflowing with historic vintage wines.

A locally-sourced schist stone exterior mirrors the rugged Central Otago landscape, whilst 24 comfortable, modern villas are nestled above the first vineyard block ever planted in the valley. An on-site spa provides a relaxing environment for a range of indulgences including vinotherapy treatments.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have created a totally unique and completely enriching new experience for guests,” said Gibbston Valley Winery CEO Greg Hunt.

“It’s more than just unwinding among the vines – it’s about exploring the vineyard and gaining an intimate, deeper understanding of the behind-the-scenes workings of a world-class winery to a degree that’s not available anywhere else in the world.

“Going at their own relaxed pace, guests will be able to take the time to indulge in outstanding food and wine and really experience Gibbston Valley in all her glory.”

A highlight of the Lodge experience will be the opportunity to sample exquisite cuisine, carefully created to pair beautifully with premium, handcrafted Gibbston Valley Wines.

The exclusive Lodge menu is the brainchild of renowned Chef Anthony Gradiska, guided by the seasons and fresh produce grown in gardens scattered around the Lodge and Spa buildings.

Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa is set to have a distinct sustainability focus, going to great efforts to do away with single-use products and introducing eco-conscious options throughout the entire operation.

The diversification of the vineyard has been an involved four-year planning project to ensure all elements of the Lodge & Spa meld seamlessly with the iconic look and feel of Gibbston Valley and the 30-year-old winery.

Additional Lodge features include a small wine education theatre, private meeting rooms, and unique indoor and outdoor spaces for intimate boutique weddings.

Each villa boasts a modern décor with an open plan indoor living space and the latest technology, as well as a secluded sun-washed courtyard and a private covered deck with dining area.

As a matter of course, a selection of premium Gibbston Valley Wines personalized to guests’ preferences greet visitors on arrival.

Customised concierge services round out the experience by providing advice and local knowledge on wine tasting, cycle tours, walking tracks, and packages for activities on-site and throughout the wider Central Otago region.

Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa is set on 1000-acres of privately-owned land, dotted with many kilometres of exclusive biking and walking trails. The Queenstown Trail, New Zealand’s most popular Great Ride, passes the property and provides access to over 130 kilometres of off-road trails between Gibbston, Arrowtown and Queenstown.

Luxury experience packages available at Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa include the Wine Immersion, Food & Wine Indulgence, Relax & Revive, Romantic Escape and Ride the Vines.