Valli Vineyards | Central Otago
Valli is the personal vocation of pioneering Otago winemaker Grant Taylor, one of New Zealand's most awarded winemakers. Grant has been crafting wines in the Otago region since 1993 when there were only 20 hectares of vineyards planted and today there are over 2,000. As a pioneering winemaker in Otago, Grant produced the first vintages for many of the region’s iconic wineries including Mt Difficulty, Felton Road, Carrick, Peregrine, Mount Edward, Hawkshead, Mondillo, Bald Hills, and Rockburn, 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 an Italian winemaking background, Grant founded Valli with the aim of creating true representations of Otago’s subregions with unflinching intensity and purity. In 2015, established Otago winemaker Jen Parr joined Grant in the winery where the pair aims to create wines with honesty, integrity, and most importantly, a sense of place. When you drink a Valli wine, you are enjoying more than just a wine: you are experiencing a place.