Wine­mak­ers spill se­crets

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Talk­ing and learn­ing about wine will be just as im­por­tant as tast­ing it, at this year’s Gibb­ston Wine and Food fes­ti­val. The an­nual event is be­ing held in the Queen­stown Gar­dens for the first time this year and in­cludes fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, mu­sic, food and wine and mas­ter­classes. Bren­nan Win­ery owner and wine­maker Sean Bren­nan will be one of those speak­ing. ‘‘I’ll prob­a­bly be talk­ing about Gibb­ston as it’s ma­tured, show­ing some older wines and re­ally look­ing at how Gibb­ston has come from a place where no-one re­ally be­lieved we could grow de­cent wines to an area that pro­duces some of the best wines in the world,’’ he said. Among the other speak­ers would be Alan Brady, who first planted grapes in 1981 and har­vested the re­gion’s first pinot noir 25 years ago, he said. With other wine mas­ter classes pre­sented by Jeremy Rail­ton of Mt Rosa, Christo­pher Keys, of Gibb­ston Val­ley, and Lunn Hor­ton, of Coal Pit, pun­ters at the fes­ti­val would learn about Gibb­ston, the val­ley’s grapes and its wines. With the change of venue, the talks would be an op­por­tu­nity to show­case ev­ery­thing about Gibb­ston, Mr Bren­nan said.

Grape ex­pec­ta­tions: Bren­nan Win­ery owner and wine­maker Sean Bren­nan loves talk­ing about wine.

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