Coal Pit Winery

We are committed to producing world-class wines from our certified organic vineyard and winery and continue to evolve in our goal of generational sustainability.


Coal Pit is a boutique family-owned single vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand. We are committed to producing world-class wines from our certified organic vineyard and on-site winery.

Coal Pit Vineyard covers 12 hectares of land in the heart of Gibbston. The vineyard is planted with 7 hectares of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc vines that date back to 1994, some of the oldest in Gibbston.

The vineyard is planted on the glacially formed schist based soils, with a mix of clones for added complexity and balance. Coal Pit typically yields intensely aromatic wines with strong minerality and is run in accordance with the proactive environmental management programme, Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.

Coal Pit is one of the few single vineyards in Gibbston where the grapes are grown, handpicked and crafted into wines on site. Coal Pit Vineyard is now fully organic, certified under BioGro – New Zealand’s leading organic certification agency.

Coal Pit has been producing wine since 2006. Situated in the heart of the Coal Pit vineyard, the winery faces north toward the Crown Range Mountains and the Kawarau River. The building comprises a tasting room, a temperature and humidity controlled barrel room, laboratory, meeting rooms and winemaker’s accommodation.

The Coal Pit wines have long been recognised internationally, with the most recent accolades received for the 2019 ‘Tiwha’ Pinot Noir at the 2023 International Wine Challenge; notably being awarded the New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy, Otago Pinot Noir Trophy & Gibbston Pinot Noir Trophy as well as the Gold medal.

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