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Emotional Intelligence Course this August!

Kinross, in its dramatic setting amongst the vines, is the perfect inspiring environment for personal development, and we are offering a unique learning opportunity to do just that. On the 6th – 8th August (a full three-day course), Annette Ryan will be hosting the ‘Managing your Emotional Intelligence’, course in the Willow Room. Annette has spent the last 20 years in organisational development and 15 of those years specialising in Emotional Intelligence, helping people manage their perso...

July 16, 2018

Winter Winemaker Weekends in Gibbston

The Team at Kinross invites wine enthusiasts off all levels to stay, taste & explore the world’s most southerly wine-making region, Central Otago, in our world class Boutique Vineyard Hotel, Cellar Door & Bistro, located in the stunning Gibbston Valley. Situated only a 30-minute scenic drive from the heart of the destination Queenstown, take the stunning scenic drive following the Kawarau River, stop by the serene mirror-lakes and immerse yourself in the dramatic Southern Alps landscape, Surro...

June 28, 2018

Harvest Celebration- 21st April

The 2018 vintage is nearly finished, and a what a season it has been! The hottest summer the region has seen in 100 years, and everyone definitely felt it. The grapes were ripe & ready to pick weeks in advance and already we are all SO excited to see what is going to come of this vintage. There is already talk of this becoming one of the best vintages the region has ever seen, in its 21 years of commercial winemaking... Only time will tell! This is a super special time to be in the valley. The g...

April 12, 2018

Balance is the key

Balance is the key Life is all about balance. When the scales tip either side, something has to give....

April 12, 2018

Our Autumn Ceilidh- 14th of April

Dinner/Dance Gatherings are hosted twice a year- in Autumn & Spring- to bring back a little old school and join together to celebrate old and new friends! Kinross pays respect to the Kinross family, who hailed from the Stirling area of Scotland back in the 1800’s, by hosting a traditional Scottish Ceilidh. But what is a Ceilidh? Simple, it is what the Scot’s used to call a ‘social gathering’. As one of our beautiful guests has said ‘We arrived as strangers, and left with a heap of new ...

April 1, 2018

My Perfect Case of Central Otago Wine

One of the best points about our cellar door at Kinross is our ability to ‘customise your case’ and mix-and-match between five premium boutique local wineries in Otago; our wine partners, Coal Pit, Hawkshead, Valli, Domaine Thomson and Wild Irishman. These are very special wines that are practically unable to obtain anywhere else outside of Otago. Choosing a customised wine case to ship to your door is very easy and straight forward to do; either head to Kinross Wine Online or come in and vi...

March 10, 2018

Travelling light

‘Travelling light’ isn’t just a glib saying It’s a way of life. It encompasses everything – physical, emotional, environmental, people, and virtual. Imagine having a choice about how much you take on, what you invite in, how you react, who you spend your time with…oh, wait! You do!...

February 22, 2018

Love is in the air- Valentines in a Vineyard!

Celebrate Valentines Day this year in a unique and remarkable environment in the stunning Gibbston Valley. Start off with a complimentary glass of bubbles and then indulge in a wonderful three-course meal designed especially by our expert chef’s, with love in mind......

February 8, 2018

Long Weekend Happiness: 72 hours at Kinross

So, you’ve got a long weekend booked in at Kinross Cottages, and you want to make your three nights with us as full of adventure, relaxation, and good food and wine as possible, right? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s an example of what you might like to do during a long weekend or three night stay at our Gibbston Valley boutique vineyard accommodation. This action-packed 72 hour itinerary comes with a warning though… this place casts a spell on you, and there’s an incredib...

February 1, 2018

A bird on my table, a dog at my feet: Finding 4 star perfection at Kinross Cottages

We were out in the summer wine garden at Kinross Cottages, sweet-smelling roses clambering up the trellises, and an endless view of vines and mountains spread out before us. A little bird landed on the table, hopping about, its feathers shining in the afternoon light. I look down, and Skye the Golden Labrador, the half-grown Kinross pup is sitting at my feet, looking up at me with those adorable gold and hazel eyes. I’d like to think that she’s showing her loyalty to me due to having taken h...

January 17, 2018

Did Someone Say Husky Sledding? 5 Brilliant Winter Activities around Kinross Cottages

We may be busy enjoying the delicious and exceptionally hot Central Otago summer but we are all dreaming about ways to keep cool! Kinross Cottages is an incredible place to stay in winter. Located in the Gibbston Valley just outside Queenstown, our boutique vineyard accommodation is within 45 minutes’ drive of three fantastic ski fields: Cardrona, Coronet Peak, and The Remarkables. Stay tuned for a separate Kinross Cottages blog about which Queenstown ski field is best for you and your group,...

January 8, 2018

New Beginnings Wellness Day- 6th January

After launching wellness in our Willow Room in September last year, we want to begin 2018 as we mean to go on and invite you to a free session of Pilates or Yoga with one of our beautiful instructors...   New Beginnings Wellness day takes place on the 6th of January (the 1st Saturday of 2018).Spaces are limited so please contact our team to reserve your place.   You are welcome to join our wellness team for multiple sessions & this will work on a first come, first s...

December 29, 2017

What does Summer bring to Kinross?

The sun is shining, the vines are starting to taking over and everyone has that summer smile...  It's truly a magical time at Kinross in Gibbston Valley.  We will be celebrating the end of 2017 with our annual Hogmanay celebrations from 2-5pm with Live Music from the amazing Noisy Boys String band....

December 27, 2017

Our online store goes... LIVE!

We have released our new on-line wine store to help you keep sampling our exclusive 5 Cellar Door wine labels no matter where you are in the world! You can now customise your case and curate your own collection from Gibbston / Central Otago.  With a few simple clicks, the beautiful wine can be shipped directly to your front door. Our five exclusive Wine Partners have been hand selected for our Cellar Door as we truly believe in their contribution to Central Otago Pinot and this developing w...

December 18, 2017

Skiing, Wine and Wellness: Winter among the Vines in the Gibbston Valley

The sun is blazing down on the vines, Christmas is looming, and the last wisps of snow are melting into the deep blue lakes of the Queenstown region. Summer is nearly upon us, and we’ve had a stunning few weeks of weather here at Kinross Cottages recently, with blue skies for miles and perfect spring temperatures hovering in the high 20’s. For the savvy traveller, the arrival of hot weather in New Zealand’s South Island means exactly one thing: it’s time to start thinking about booking w...

December 1, 2017

Best Romantic Getaways for Couples in Queenstown

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there are few New Zealand destinations more romantic than Queenstown. Nestled between Lake Wakatipu and the stunning Southern Alps, the resort town has long been popular with those seeking a dreamy location for a couple’s exclusive escape. Better yet, Queenstown is just as stunning in the winter as it is in the summer, so you’re bound to have a great experience year-round. Kinross’ boutique cottages are the perfect place to start when planning y...

October 18, 2017

Rosé Day- 21st of October

Clear your calendars on the 21st October to join us at Kinross to celebrate everything Rosé from 1-5pm!Summer is coming fast, the buds have BURST and we are ready to release some extremely special limited edition wines...  The event will take place all afternoon in our Cellar Door and Wine Garden - we will be sampling some of the new releases and have an exclusive 1 day summer sale so you can stock up on all the pink goodness to get you through the Season What is happening on Rosé day we ...

October 14, 2017

Our first Spring Fling at Kinross

We are warming up for the Spring Season and super excited to announce the first of many gatherings in our brand new Willow Room! Grab your tickets now to join us on the 14th of October for an evening of delicious food & dancing. The evening kicks off at 6.30pm with a sit down 3 course shared platter menu - catered by our Bistro - to tantalise your taste buds with all of the freshest Spring ingredients followed by Scottish Cèilidh dancing with the infamous Catgut & Steel.  ...

September 19, 2017

Weekend dedicated to the environment...

We have spent the past 12 months organising small community gatherings to raise money for the Environment Centre in Riverton and our efforts are not finished yet... Before we hand over the cheque, we want to ask YOU as a community to get behind us and help us raise some more funds for SCES- the oldest environment centre in NZ that work far and beyond their local boundaries to help educate, motivate & inform people worldwide.We are dedicating the 30th of September & 1st of October to everything e...

September 8, 2017

Adam & Lizzie become partners in Kinross

It was only in November 2015 that Kinross brought in Adam & Lizzie Ross to become their new management team and things have developed super fast ever since... What's New Since they Joined? Well, just about everything! Kinross Cottages is becoming well known as a destination in its own right. Previously owned solely by John & Christine Erkkila - the two couples joined forces and have worked non stop to make Kinross Cottages known for the friendly, natural environment that it is! In September 20...

September 1, 2017

What makes our Cellar Door so special?!

1. We are five Cellar Doors in one.We are kind of like a community cellar door and are proud to represent 5 boutique, special local wineries exclusively.  We provide you with the opportunity of tasting the smaller extra-special producers. 2.  Two Awesome Wine Tasting AreasThere’s a tasting for every occasion here at Kinross.Our fully equipped Cellar Door is designed for your bigger groups of between 12-30 people, whereas the Wine Tasting Area in our General Store provides a more cosy...

July 14, 2017

CARDRONA makes us smile!

Kinross is on top of the clouds- happy- to be one of Cardrona's partners as this means such cool things for our guests in Winter. ...

July 10, 2017

Infamous Gibbston Winter Quiz

Hosted by spectacular Quizmasters Timbo & Crabbe, our awesome Quiz Night is about to kick off! Teams up to 4 people $20 per team- All funds raised go towards a local cause. Do you think you have what it takes to become the 2017 Kinross Quiz Champions? The concept is super simple, gather a team with an abundance of random knowledge & earn points over the course of the 5 nights to stay on top of the league table- 3 for a win, 2 for a 2nd and 1 for a 3rd... Quiz Night is held every 2n...

June 6, 2017

Winemaker Weekends: 5 Exclusive Escapes

Picture this perfect exclusive escape… Sitting by the fire with your partner, surrounded by vines & snow capped mountains for a whole weekend dedicated to wine. This year, we are hosting five exclusive winemakers weekends at Kinross Cottages in Gibbston- the most southern wine making region in the world. ...

May 11, 2017

We love mums because they are awesome.

Without mums, none of us would be here. They take care of us, feed us, hug us, support us, wipe our sore-bits, solve our shenanigans and are all round super special human beings. We admire you ladies & could not be more grateful! You guys ROCK. ...

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