A few wines and a chat at Duncan’s pace


Duncan Forsyth (right), from Gibbston’s Mount Edward, is among three Central Otago winemakers offering their wares short-term in Queenstown from today. 

The A.O.C. – Active Otago Collective – also comprises Wanaka’s Maude Wines and Bannockburn’s Ceres Wines. 

The cellar door/wine bar is open for nine days’ trading in the former Frasers Bar in the Steamer Wharf complex. 

“There’ll be everything from shots to bottles for people to try in a super-relaxed atmosphere,” Forsyth says. “It’ll be the winemakers serving so the food, the wine and the chat will be really good. 

“The service will be our own style and pace – be warned.” 

Forsyth says a lucky visitor will win the Mount Edward magnum he’s holding. 

The short-term wine tasting set-up comes weeks after Gibbston Valley Wines opened a new permanent tasting room on Arrowtown’s main street.