Queenstown wine king forms concert company

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Queenstown’s Gibbston Valley Winery can expect to host some big entertainment names over coming years. 

That’s the forecast from today’s announcement of Gibbston Valley Wines owner Phil Griffith co-founding Greenstone Entertainment, a new entertainment and concert company. 

“Our goal is to deliver world-class, premium concerts and entertainment in key regional New Zealand locations,” Griffith says. 

He’s joined forces with former Alpine Entertainment head Amanda Calvert, who’ll be Greenstone’s chief executive. 

Gibbston Valley Wines and Alpine Entertainment have worked together over the past two years to bring acts such as Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Dr Hook, Little River Band and the Doobie Brothers to NZ. 

Calvert says ticket sales for this summer’s shows by Pat Benatar, Bachman & Turner and America are going “extremely well” in all four centres – Taupo, Matakana and Wellington, as well as Gibbston Valley. 

She’s already working a summer series for 2014, she says, and is looking for Kiwi talent to appear with international artists. 

United States businessman Griffith was a big name in casinos and related businesses there before selling up 10 years ago to become a NZ resident.