Full Menu

Gibbston Valley honours Arrowtown visionaries

Golf course founders and visionaries Sir Michael Hill of The Hills and Mr Eiichi Ishii of Millbrook had plenty to celebrate at the BMW New Zealand Open Party in Arrowtown.

This year the annual event took on a new focus and included a special presentation of the Keys to Arrowtown to both Sir Michael Hill and Eiichi Ishii as recognition of their incredible contribution to the community by transforming it into a world-class golf destination.

Crowds of people and family members came out to watch as the men were each presented with a set of keys during a special presentation before the Arrowtown street party officially started.

Following the presentation of the keys, Gibbston Valley added to the celebration by surprising the men with a little (or big) something special.

“It’s one thing to have wine, but sometimes you need a little something extra,” said Gibbston Valley Winery Chairman Phil Griffith.

Next, Gibbston Valley Food and Beverage Manager Jim Griffiths and Events Manager Alex Griffith, walked on stage to present Sir Michael Hill and Eiichi Ishii each with a double magnum of 2012 Gibbston Valley Reserve Pinot Noir.

Then, the party started.

doublemagnumreservepinotnoir gibbstonvalley

Afterwards, the crowd moved into Arrowtown’s main street to enjoy the assortment of food and drink stands, entertainment and other activities set up for the event.

In case you’re wondering where you can get your own double magnum, Gibbston Valley will soon be launching a new range of magnums and double magnums that include old vintages no longer available in the 750ml-bottle size. Stay tuned for another big announcement.

In the meantime, join us in raising a glass to Sir Michael Hill and Eiichi Ishii and their ongoing commitment to making Arrowtown such a unique and beautiful place to be.

More Gibbston Valley news...