Renowned Kiwi actor Sam Neill is selling his Gibbston vineyard.
Jurassic Park actor and winemaker Sam Neill is selling his Gibbston vineyard as part of a plan to expand and diversify his wine brand.
The 8.33-hectare property near Queenstown was planted by the Neill family business in 1993 and became the first in Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks stable.
Neill said the Gibbston vineyard had produced many good wines but was a considerable distance from the company’s core business near Alexandra and Bannockburn.
It was a reluctant sale, he said.
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“Two Paddocks is expanding and diversifying, and rationalising some aspects of what we do.”
The estate was long-established, with mature vines and produced some of New Zealand’s finest pinot noir, he said.
Famous residents in the area include former Prime Minister John Key and cricketer Brendan McCullum, who were earlier purchasers in a nearby a $750 million luxury development on Gibbston Valley Station.
Known as The First Paddock, Neill’s certified organic vineyard has 4.6ha of pinot noir vines and 3.2ha of land that could be planted or developed.
Two Paddocks general manager Jacqui Murphy said the vineyard consistently produced some of the best fruit for the company.
“The wines made from grapes grown at The First Paddock are among a mere handful of New Zealand wines to receive 95 Points in Wine Spectator.”
Colliers rural and agribusiness director Ruth Hodges said Gibbston was known as the “Valley of the Vines”.
It was a 25-minute drive from Queenstown and had wineries, restaurants, pubs, boutique accommodation and the historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge.
It was rare for properties in the area to become available, she said.
The vineyard is being marketed by Colliers and is to be sold by way of deadline private treaty closing at 2pm on November 17, unless sold prior.
This article first show on www.stuff.co.nz Source link Author DEBBIE JAMIESON on date 2021-10-15 02:00:46