Double celebration at Gibbston Valley Winery

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A special dinner at Gibbston Valley Winery on September 1 will celebrate two local birthdays.

The five-course degustation dinner and auction will celebrate 25 years of grape growing at one of the southernmost vineyards in the world.

Auction proceeds will go to national charity Cure Kids, which funds research into life-threatening children’s illnesses.

The dinner will also celebrate Cure Kids ambassador and Gibbston resident Sophie Newbold, who turns 18 on September 14.

Sophie is just the 12th person in the world diagnosed at birth with CFC Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which means she’s often mistaken for someone younger.

Sophie has been invited to be a waitress at the celebration dinner, helping her achieve a bucket list goal of having a part-time job.

“I can see no better way to kick off Sophie’s 18th birthday month than with a 25th birthday celebration being held right in her back yard,” Cure Kids business development director Josie Spillane says.

An auction item is a signed replica of local artist Thomas Brown’s celebrated ‘Otago Winemakers’ painting, which includes founding winemaker Alan Brady.

Also up for auction are several special-release large-format bottles of Gibbston Valley wine.

They include a double magnum of 2011 Le Maitre which is the label from the original home block that Brady planted 25 years ago.

The dinner will be held in the winery’s new Barrel Hall.

Tickets are $120 a head, with $20 extra for return transport.