Chard Farm Vineyard

+64 3 442 6110 Gibbston, RD 1
Queenstown, Central Otago,
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Chard Farm is now a thriving vineyard, it was formerly a market garden set up by the Chard family in the early 1860’s to feed the local gold miners as they passed by on their way to Arrowtown and Queenstown. After the new bridge was built across the Kawarau in 1880, the farm was gradually converted to dairying and cropping. The farm was sold out of the Chard family in 1979. A lot of earthworks took place to interlink the alluvial fans and an attempt was made to establish a stonefruit orchard. A 4,000,000 gallon dam was also built to provide frost fighting water and irrigation water for the developing orchard.
 
In 1987 the current owners, Rob Hay and Gerdi Schumann purchased the farm and carried out further major earthworks before planting out the whole site as a vineyard. The west block was the last block to be planted in vines in 2004.
 
A winery was built on the site in 1993 and upgraded with a dedicated pinot cuverie and barrel cellar in 2003. A guest lodge &ndash Read more »

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  • Location is Forestville CA. in the middle of the RRV. I am about 12 minutes from Charles Shulz Sonoma County Airport (STS). You can fly direct to STS from SEA, PDX , SAN and LAX for a price or Airport Express runs busses from SFO and OAK to STS. The bus runs every hour on the 1/2 hour from OAK and SFO. The ride to STS is 2hr 15min. $34 per adult... Read More

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  • You guys should try a Wilde Farm Chard that OT recommended to me.. outstanding!!!from the website....Brosseau Vineyard, ChaloneWinemaker’s notes:Orange rind, wet marble, green papaya and kefir lime zest on the intense aromatics of this brilliantly bright Chardonnay. The palate is streamline and alive w/ minerals, citrus and a distinct note of ho... Read More

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  • We're heading back to (my favorite wine region) Russian River the first weekend in October and are looking for advice on what to do and what to expect.  We've been to RRV several times but only during the off season.  Is there anything special we should do at this time of year, and conversely, is there anything we should avoid? Read More

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  • With harvest truly getting underway in northern California, up to now it's mostly been early whites and grapes for roses and sparkling wines, masses of enotourists are descending on the northern counties to enjoy them in their glory. While many of us think of wine country as a tourist destination, the truth of the matter is that it is an agricul... Read More

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  • Hi! I've been quite busy with travel for work so I've been off the radar a bit. I unexpectedly had a few days free so I took a last minute trip to Portland for a few days - I'm there now. Tomorrow we were planning on driving out of town to do some wine tasting, etc....probably McMinnville. I was too busy and tired to really make any plans for th... Read More

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  • Chardonnay & Cabernet, the old CA stalwarts...I can go explore as much as I want but it always feels like coming home to old friends when drinking these wines.I've come around on Chardonnay for its easy going, refreshing nature and good citrus and nutty taste, and when it has some crunchy acidity and judicious oak it's really enjoyable. Heitz ha... Read More

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  • I am pretty much prejudiced towards red wines.  However, that does not mean that I drink them exclusively.  I do drink quite a bit of white wine.  Probably, because, like most Americans my age, we are encouraged to bias out protein input away from red meats.  The good news for me is that I do love seafood and chicken.  So, that is really not a s... Read More

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  • So I am going to Napa tomorrow for a few days.  I have some prearranged plans that cannot be changed, but have some limited  time for tasting.As "napagirl", I should already know exactly where to go.  The problem is, I get stuck into that rut of going to the ones I like, the old faves, over and over.  I would love to hear your recommendations an... Read More

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  • http://www.bigtablefarm.com/A new find for me today, and one that seems to warrant sharing. They produce a Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah from 70 Acres. On current release I'm counting a little over 1,000 cases in production. Not bad for a husband (winemaker, Brian Marcy) and wife (Artist, Vineyard Mgr) team.Just from doing some brief o... Read More

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