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Three Miners


With a modern approach to history, Three Miners Vineyard balances the past, present and future perfectly - much like their Pinot Noir pairing with lamb!

Our Story

The Three Miner's rich history starts back in the 1860s when hopeful miners flocked to the region to pan for gold in the alluvial soils of the Clutha River.  Thomas Oliver, James Simmonds and Joseph Knowles were prominent mining pioneers in the region and together they formed  the Earnscleugh Grand Junction Mining Company.  

Gold mining was fundamental for the first water races to be constructed in the region. After mining the property border for a couple of years, the trio decided to invest in water rights. In doing so, they cut water races from the Fraser River across the Earnscleugh region and sold water to other miners - making their fortune.  Once the gold was mined, the races were used to distribute the water across the valley, which led to the soil becoming highly fertile for years to come.

Grapevines were initially planted in 2000  and the rest is history - literally!


Kirstin and Paul are the passionate owners of Three Miners Vineyard, here in Central Otago.  

Hard-working and hands-on, they have kept the history of the landscape very prominent in their own viticulture story. 
Kirstin & Paul have preserved the fascinating and incredible history of the Earnscleugh area through their very 'on-brand' wine names. Each of the names of delicious wine pays tribute to an aspect of the gold mining times in Central Otago.  

Through careful consideration of their present viticultural processes, the future of Three Miners looks strong. They are always developing innovative ways to do things. 

Three Miners Vineyard is actively involved in community projects with Clyde Primary School; Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust and Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery.



The Vineyard Tasting Room is located at 89 McPherson Road, Earnscleugh. 

When she's not out working in the vineyard, Kirstin is your Tasting Room Host. Passionate, informative and welcoming, Kirstin discusses the wines, the vines, and living the Central Otago dream. 

Where rustic meets modern, the Vineyard Tasting Room is as practical as it is stylish. Written on the walls are the grape varietals grown on the land and their definitions.  The tastings are intimate and personal, so perfect for smaller groups looking to taste the history of the region.

There is also some awesome outdoor seating for you to soak up the Central Otago sun with views over the vines.

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