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Grant Taylor's name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. As owner and winemaker, Grant has been crafting wines there since 1993 when the region was in its infancy with only 20 ha planted (today there are over 1700). Grant's accomplishments are well known in the wine world - he is possibly New Zealand's most awarded Pinot Noir producer, 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.

Established in 1998, the aim of Valli is to produce single vineyard wines with an emphasis on expressing the site with clarity and purity. Valli produces four single vineyard Pinot Noirs from distinctly different areas of Otago - Gibbston, Bannockburn, Bendigo and one from North Otago's exiting new wine growing region, the Waitaki Valley. Valli also produces a dry Riesling from over 30-year-old vines in the Alexandra basin, a sweet Riesling from Waitaki and a sweet rich Gewrztraminer. All four Pinot Noirs and Old Vine Riesling are multi award winners every vintage and also highly sought after by our customers with Valli wine demand always exceeding our supply.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris
Bob Campbell
Bob Campbell
Gourmet Wine Traveller
Micheal Cooper
Raymond Chan
Vegan Friendly Wines
About the Winemaker

Grant Taylor

Grant 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 a major International Wine Competition in London an unprecedented four times - a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world. Born in Otago, Grant was educated at Lincoln College in Canterbury. In 1980, he helped establish Pine Ridge Winery in Napa, California and worked there as assistant winemaker until 1986. In 1987, he helped build another Napa winery, Domaine Napa, and worked there as head winemaker until 1993.

Lured back to Otago in 1993 by the promise of large and plentiful trout, clean air, fewer people and the potential he saw for Otago wines, Grant signed on as winemaker for Gibbston Valley Wines. At that time, only 20 hectares of grapes were planted in Otago; today there are over 1700.As a pioneering winemaker in Otago, Grant has produced the first vintages for many of the region's well-known labels including Bald Hills, Carrick, Felton Road, Hawkshead, Mondillo, Mount Edward, Mt Difficulty, Perrigrine, Rockburn (aka Hay's Lake), Thyme Hill and Van Asch.Grant has kept his American ties along the way, helping to establish Oregon's renowned Pinot Noir producing winery, Archery Summit, in 1995. He has consulted there for many vintages since.In 2006, Grant left Gibbston Valley to concentrate solely on Valli.

Having now completed over 40 vintages, he looks forward to the next 40 and how much knowledge they will bring in helping to understand Otago's potential.


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