Valli is the personal vocation of pioneering Otago winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant's name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines in the region since 1993 and his accomplishments are well known in the wine world. He is credited with winning the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at a major International Wine Competition in London an unprecedented four times a feat achieved by no other winemaker in the world. During the past 19 years Grant has made wines for a number of iconic Otago wineries but now the focus is on his own creation Valli. Established in 1998 and named after his Great-Great Grandfather Giuseppe Valli who immigrated to New Zealand from an Italian winemaking background Grant founded Valli with the aim of creating true representations of Otago ' s subregions with unflinching intensity and purity. This was also a first for the region no one had attempted to capture let alone master the developing subregional plot that has now begun to unfold as the next exciting chapter in the Otago wine story. Based around the close-planted estate vineyard in Gibbston twice winner of the IWSC Pinot Noir trophy for its wine Valli also produces single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from Bannockburn Bendigo and the Waitaki Valley. The attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery ensures these wines both reflect and translate the sites they evolve. All four wines are priced the same; none of the wines are ' better ' than others only more suited to one ' s personal preference.