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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. ...

April 28, 2017

Making the world a better place

We are but one 40acre patch on earth and are committed to making a difference. A little effort goes a long way and we are determined to make our footprint slightly smaller! As a boutique hotel, surrounded by greenery & vines, it is easy to see why the environment means so much to us- seeing this place grow means a lot to our whole team. We would all like to protect and preserve this area as much as possible so that our families get to enjoy it in years to come. ...

January 26, 2017

New Years Eve at Kinross

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December 29, 2016

We love our guests!

Amazing Kinross Cottages We were thrilled when our three sons gave us tickets for the NZ Golf Open in March to mark our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We were delighted to also be given two nights at Kinross Cottages. We decided, after viewing the website, that we should stay an extra night at our expense. Great decision. Very often the anticipation isn't reflected in the 'actual' when one arrives at the destination. This is not the case with Kinross Cottages. Lizzie and Adam greeted us and it was o...

September 23, 2016

Art classes start again this Spring!

We have just had such exciting news, Vino da Vinci Painting Classes & Wine Tasting sessions are to resume in the vines this spring. Imagine sitting down at your own art station with all art supplies provided and organized, surrounded by nature with a kind, knowledgeable and fun art teacher ready to take you on a journey. Liisa Garceau has a relaxed hands on approach to teaching and welcomes any level of skill to join her classes. A now resident artist in the area, she creates bespoke art and is ...

September 7, 2016

The perfect destination all year round...

Immersed in beautiful blossoming vineyards in the summer, our lovely site is as equally as special during the winter months. The abundance of snow tipped mountains make Kinross the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day on the slopes. Our overly friendly ducks will give you a warm welcome as you arrive. They are becoming quite famous on social media these days, so try not to be too star struck when you meet them...For guests, we have a drying room which is perfect for hanging up a...

August 8, 2016

Under a sea of stars

Our hot tub, nestled into the hillside behind the duck pond, is the ideal place to relax after a 'tough' day skiing or snowboarding in the Queenstown area. The cedar & aluminum hot tub is a very exciting addition to Kinross and gives guests an opportunity to enjoy the stars in the peace and quiet of Gibbston. Where better to enjoy a bottle of Pinot Noir? ...

June 12, 2016

There is a whole world out there!

After a hectic, but extremely fun 7 months running Kinross Cottages, it is time for us all to take a wee moment to take a step back (or to the side for a sneaky cha cha cha) to see all of the changes that have come into effect since the new management team have arrived. So much has happened... We have literally hit the ground running and in the last 6 months period, we have; opened the cafe, began serving Saturday brunch, held our first beautiful wedding, formed an awesome team, welcomed helicop...

May 19, 2016

Meetings, meetings and more meetings!

Kinross is the ideal destination for your next management retreat, sales meeting or team building event. With accommodation on site for up to 24 people, great catering, and a myriad of wine experiences to try, Kinross will be something fun and different for your team. Our meeting room has all the facilities you need; Air-conditioning, free ultrafast wifi / broadband, 42" TV with HDMI cable, large whiteboard, break out room and fabulous catering. But the best part is the view!The room can accomm...

April 16, 2016

Kinross welcome a delicious new wine partner

We are delighted to welcome Coal Pit as our latest wine partner as we bid farewell to Soho Wine in our endeavour to focus on local flavours. Our cellar door is situated in the heart of Gibbston Valley and is open all year round for you to enjoy our carefully selected range of wine from boutique Gibbston wineries. Becoming the official cellar door for Coal Pit Wine, in addition to our wonderful group of wine partners, will enable us to provide an even better Gibbston Wine experience for visitors ...

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