Valli is the personal vocation of pioneering Otago winemaker, Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines in the region since 1993 when there were only 20 hectares planted - today there are over 1700. Grant’s accomplishments are well known in the wine world and he is credited with winning the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at a major International Wine Competition in London an unprecedented three times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world.
During the past 22 years he has made the first wines for a number of iconic Otago wineries, but now the serious focus is on his own creation, Valli. Established in 1998 and named after his Great-Great Grandfather, Giuseppe Valli, who immigrated to New Zealand from and Italian winemaking background, Grant founded Valli with the aim of creating true representations of Otago’s subregions with unflinching intensity and purity. This was also a first for the region – no one had attempted to capture, let alone master the developing subregional plot that has now begun to unfold as the next exciting chapter in the Otago wine story.
Valli, based around the close-planted estate vineyard in Gibbston, also produces Single-Vineyard Pinot Noirs from Bannockburn, Bendigo and another from Otago’s exciting new subregion, the Waitaki Valley. Valli also produces a dry Riesling from 33-year-old vines in the Alexandra basin and a botrytised Riesling, Dolce Vita, from Lowburn fruit. With holistic attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery, these wines both reflect and translate the sites they evolve from.
Gibbston, Bannockburn, Bendigo and Waitaki Vineyards
The Gibbston Vineyard is planted at 4040 vines/ha and cropped at only1kg/vine to ensure perfect ripeness. 20km from Gibbston is the Bannockburn Vineyard, where the difference in climate is markedly noted in the wines. While Waitaki, with its limestone based soils, is New Zealand’s newest and most exciting wine growing region.
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Valli Wine Varieties
From the aromatically perfumed and rich Old Vine Riesling and the sweet and flavour-laden Late Harvest Riesling, to the
Waitaki Vineyard’s ethereal Pinot Noirs, beautifully fruited Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noirs and up front power layered Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Valli has it all. Read more …
People of Valli WinesGrant Taylor is one of New Zealand’s most awarded Pinot Noir winemakers, earning a string of gold medal and trophy accolades throughout his long career. However, none surpasses winning the trophy for ‘Best Pinot Noir’ at the one of the world’s largest wine competitions in London three times – a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world. Read more …