After going the opposite direction for 15 minutes to the nearest gas station, we plug our first winery into Google Maps. We drive to Māori Point Vineyard only to find a sign out front that the tasting room is closed today. Bummer. No worries, we will see if there is another winery open on our way to the second spot we have picked out.
Another 30 minutes down the road we stop at Gibbston Valley Winery. In the early 1980's, the owner Alan Brady (an immigrant from Ireland) was the first to try planting vines in Central Otago. After a few years he found that Pinot Noir did very well. The 2000 Pinot Noir Reserve won several world-wide competitions.