Grape-father uncorks his fine wine book


The father of Central Otago wine launches his long-awaited book at his original winery – Gibbston Valley Wines – next Tuesday. 

Queenstowner Alan Brady is pictured in the wine cave, which he says will be his lasting memorial. 

The 221-page coffee table book, Pinot Central: A Winemaker’s Story, recalls the Irish Kiwi’s life-changing decision to plant grapes in 1981 against negative advice from various ‘experts’. 

As a former journalist and Mountain Scene editor who considered 1000 words to be a long story, Brady, 74, says he didn’t know how he’d get to 65,000 words for his book. 

“In the end I wrote 75,000 and the hardest part was leaving 10,000 out.” 

The book is published by Penguin Group and photographed by fellow long-time local Dale Gardiner. 

It retails for $67.