Quick Winery Facts
  • Owner: Rosie Dunphy – Family Owned
  • Altitude (meters above sea level): 420 460
  • Grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Date first planted: 1994
  • Size: 12 Hectares – 4 hectors of Pinot Noir and 2 of Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wine labels: Coal Pit Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Winemaker: Lynn Horton
  • Viticulturist: Gary Crabbe

Coal Pit Wines

Coal Pit Wines have grown from very much a small family run boutique winery in 1994 to what is regarded today as one of the regions premium wine brands. In 2001 current owner Rosie Dunphy purchased the brand and immediately invested in the winery and vineyard introducing a state of the art 30 tonne winery in 2007 including a humidity controlled barrel room and laboratory.

However, despite it’s investment in the property the business is still family run. Coal Pit Wines are made only from the Coal Pit Vineyard – a single 12 hectare sustainably accredited vineyard facing North on Coal Pit Saddle Road – named of course for it’s previous industry.

Vineyard at Coal Pit Wines

Winemaker Lynne Horton promotes very minimal intervention in the winemaking process including the hand picking and selecting of quality fruit. The resulting Pinot Noir wines are very typically aromatic Gibbston  and the Sauvignon Blanc is also very fresh and zingy.

The Coal Pit Tiwha 2014 Pinot Noir received the ‘Pure Elite Gold’ medal at the annual Air New Zealand wine awards and also a Gold at theLondon International Wine Challenge. Coal Pit Wines can be tasted as part of the Gibbston Valley Wine Experience at Kincross on your Altitude Wine Tour.