Pair the fine wines of Central Otago with a gourmet lunch platter on this small-group wine-tasting tour from Queenstown. Visit at least four boutique wineries during your tour. You’ll drive through verdant valleys and vine-clad foothills rich in gold mining history. Numbers are limited to 12 people to ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers.
Central Otago wine tour from Queenstown
Journey into the heart of Central Otago, a region famous for its cool-climate wines, spectacular scenery and pioneering history
Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides an intimate experience and ensures personal attention from your guide
This Central Otago small-group wine tour takes you from your Queenstown hotel into the heart of the South Island wine region to taste some of New Zealand's finest wines. Considered one of the world's premier cool-climate wine regions, Central Otago boasts high-quality varietals including chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir and riesling.
A knowledgeable guide escorts you by comfortable coach to four or five boutique wineries for tastings and a gourmet platter lunch, before hotel drop-off in Queenstown.
Boutique Wine Tour: Enjoy a spectacular afternoon enjoying boutique vineyards as you take in the breath-taking scenery of the Central Otago Wine region. Visit four different vineyards in the region, typically in Gibbston and Bannockburn/Cromwell. Be spoiled with a gourmet platter lunch and learn about the history of the stunning and diverse region. Lunch and tastings included in the price.
Had a wonderful afternoon travelling around Central Otago. We were quite unimpressed with the first couple of wineries, but lunch was good, and the afternoon wineries were spectacular. We have visited wineries in regions all over the world, and if we went back would probably rent a car and make some appointments to be able to visit more exclusive wineries. The guide was very knowledgeable and overall it was a nice afternoon overview of the region.
A wonderful afternoon on this tour. Paul was so knowledgeable about local history, the region and wine! Each stop was excellent, with all cellar teams friendly and helpful and full of passion for their craft. Food platter was sensational at a stunning location. Not Pinot Noir drinkers, but the wineries were flexible and catered to the tastes of the group.
Thank you very much for your review of Appellation Wine Tours! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time on tour with us and we hope to see you back again some day. All the best with the rest of your travels :-)
Visiting the locations of Great World Class Central Otago Pinot Wines
, Jul 2019
Our Tour Guide Martin was excellent and very informative of the local history, Gold Mining, Wine Makers, Wineries, etc. The quality of wines we were offered for tasting were very very good to the point we purchased more wine than we should have, who's counting. The great factor was we got to taste boutique wines from smaller vineyards who's wines are only available at the cellar door. Very special. All Hosts and Hostesses at the four vineyards we visited were very knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. The only negative in my mind was the lunch Platter in winter could have had a bowl of Soup added ( something hot )
The driver/guide was great. He knew wines, the area highlights and was very open to questions. A couple of the visited wineries could be replaced as the their guides rushed through their presentation and the tasting was not adequate.
I really enjoyed this wine tour. Our tour guide Tony was extremely knowledgable about wines and he was also one of the reasons why I found this tour so fun and enjoyable. I strongly recommend all the wine lovers to join this trip. You will have an amazing time!
Fabulous trip -a small amount of people which is great for this type of experience. Richard our driver/guide was full of information about the area. All of the vineyards were interesting and welcoming. The platter lunch was very good and full of differing tastes. I liked many of the wines I tasted and I bought two bottles during the day - to take back to Christchurch to drink with the friend I was visiting. I would suggest this trip to anyone who is in the Queenstown area, it was a great day out.