The discovery of gold drove miners to prospect much of Central Otago in the 1860’s. Miners panned and cradled it’s gold bearing sands on the West Bank of the Clutha River, now bordering Three Miners Vineyards.
Three Miners Vineyard is situated in Earnscleugh Valley half way between Alexandra and Clyde.
The discovery of gold drove miners to prospect Central Otago in the 1860's. Miners panned and cradled its gold bearing sands on the West Bank of the Clutha River, now bordering Three Miners Vineyard.
Grapevines were first planted in 2000. The vineyard is named after the mining men who made their mark on the Earnscleugh landscape more than a century ago.
Current owners, Paul and Kirstin originally came down from Christchurch and looked at cherry and stone fruit orchards, however, the management of the trees meant Kirstin would spend a lot of time at the top of a ladder. This didn’t appeal much, so they looked for alternative crops. Grapevines seemed to fit the bill all round. The management of the vines didn’t scare Kirstin and Paul was most enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow grapes and make wine – something he had never thought would be possible in his lifetime.
The Queenstown Cellar Door is now open within the Hilton Queenstown Resort and Spa, located in the Kawarau Village Complex in Kelvin Heights.