|Sat 15 Mar 2008, 10:00am–4:00pm|
Additional fees may apply
Come celebrate the grape harvest with the Gibbston community. The PBT Gibbston Harvest Festival is a relaxed and fun afternoon that has become a favourite with locals.
18 wineries will offer their award-winning wines by the taste, glass or bottle to complement the fabulous food on offer from 15 local restaurants.
The third annual PBT Gibbston Harvest Festival once again toasts the spirit of a community that transformed itself from a sleepy sheep-farming valley to a high profile wine-making area.
PBT has once again signed on as principal sponsor.
One of the first areas to be identified with grape growing in Central Otago in the early 1980s, Gibbston now has nearly 300 hectares planted in grapes making it about one-tenth of the total Central Otago vineyards.
The festival is modelled on European festivals and follows in the footsteps of harvest celebrations held at the district's first winery, Gibbston Valley Wines, in the 1990s.
In recent years international wine writers have lauded Gibbston wines for their finesse and elegance. Special guest at the inaugural festival, Auckland wine writer, broadcaster, and author Vic Williams, said, "Wine is created to be shared with friends and family, and when this simple pleasure can be enjoyed in such spectacular surroundings, the result is pure delight."
Each year, a different winery is selected to provide the festival venue. Mt. Rosa Wines is hosting the 2008 event, which will maintain the casual family picnic atmosphere that has made the event a local favourite.
Parents and guardians can enjoy the day knowing that their children are enjoying the games and activities presented by the Gibbston Community Association.
The festival is unique among the many other profit-making wine and food festivals in New Zealand, because 100% of their tickets sales proceeds go to a different local charity each year. The event raised $10,000 for the Wakatipu Junior Football Club (2006) and $10,000 for the Bruce Grant Youth Trust (2007).
Proceeds for the 2008 festival will benefit the Wakatipu Trails Trust Gibbston Trails Network.
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