The 1970s marked renewed interest in New Zealand viticulture with a few visionaries disregarding advice that Central Otago and the Gibbston valley were too cold, too high and too far south to prosper. Alan Brady and Rudi Bauer talk about getting our region’s vineyards and wines onto the world stage.
$10 entry – includes a complimentary glass of wine from Quartz Reef or The Wild Irishman.
( Please bring cash to pay on the night)
Tuesday 26 September, 6:30pm
Alan Brady was one of the early pioneers to plant grapes in the Gibbston valley in the 1980s. That experimental plot produced Central Otago’s first commercial vintage in 1987. He was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame in 2013. After 40 years at Gibbston, Alan moved to Clyde where he now produces wine under his Wild Irishman label.
Austrian-born Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef has been a stalwart of the Central Otago wine industry from its early days. He came here in 1989 to work at Rippon Vineyard. He went onto plant his pioneer, biodynamic vineyard at historic Bendigo
in 1998. Rudi is a two-time recipient of the New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Award.