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Southernmost wine growing region in the world

Discover some of New Zealand's most spectacular landscapes, Central Otago offers jaw-dropping views and world-class Pinot Noir, so even when you are driving from one winery to the next, you won't feel like you've wasted a second. Queenstown is the gateway to Central Otago where you'll find over 140 wineries within a 40-minute drive, so there is plenty to visit and see. 

At a latitude of 45° south, Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world. Surrounded by mountains, Central Otago surprisingly has a continental type climate since it's situated on a small island. Split into six separate subregions, including the Cromwell Basin, Bendigo, Bannockburn, Gibbston, Alexandra and Wanaka, each with their unique climate, offer very different styles of wine. The first three account for the majority of the wine production and being warmer tend to craft more robust wines, while the other three tend to create lighter, more perfumed expressions.

The first recognition of the region's wine came in the 1880s, but only really started in the1970 by pioneers such as Rippon, Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley, and Black Ridge. The reputation of Central Otago was built upon Pinot Noir due to their stunning array of styles, elegance, and high quality, but one must not overlook the other varieties and wine styles, including standout sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer. 

Wine is not the only thing on the cards in this magical region, think adventure with bungy jumping, skiing, helicopter rides, jet boating, rafting, zip lining and more. For those who prefer to take it easy why not relax in one of the luxury accommodations, enjoy a round of golf at one of the stunning course, or indulge in one of the award-winning restaurants with what else, but a bottle of Otago Pinot!

Wine Adventure Co - Full Day Adventure
$299
Join us and discover the best Central Otago has to offer. Experience a tasting at New Zealand’s only wine cave, have an à la carte gourmet lunch at one of the country’s top winery restaurants and after visiting more wineries in the afternoon, indulge yourself at our favourite stop with ‘Pizza and Pinot’ (or a craft beer).   • Wine tasting at 6 Central Otago wineries • Gourmet à la carte lunch • A cross section of wineries chosen from Gibbston Valley, Cromwell or Bannockburn • A tasting in the wine cave at Gibbston Valley • Pizza and Pinot (or craft beer) later in the afternoon • A wine history of Central Otago and New Zealand • Sightseeing and fully guided commentary • Visit a Pinot Noir vineyard • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
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Queenstown - Wine & Gourmet Odyssey
$369
Savour some of Central Otago’s internationally acclaimed wine and food on this fabulous odyssey. Relax where art meets science in one of the world’s most scenic wine regions. Match premium wines with superb local produce at one of the region’s top winery restaurants. Platters include local produce such as cheese, meats, seafood, breads, dips & more. Wine tasting at a minimum of four wineries chosen from Gibbston Valley, Cromwell and Bannockburn Gourmet platter at top winery restaurant (approximately 3:45pm) Sightseeing with fully guided commentary including the historic Kawarau Gorge, home of the world’s first Bungy jump Learn how wine evolves from the vine to the glass
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Queenstown - Wine Adventure Co - Half Day Adventure
$199
A fabulous half day full of wine tasting, sightseeing, and adventure in this youthful and exciting wine region. Learning about wine can be fun when you get amongst the vines and discover how the wine evolves from the vine to the glass.   • Wine tasting at 4 awesome wineries • A cross-section of wineries chosen from Gibbston Valley, Cromwell or Bannockburn • Pizza and Pinot (or craft beer) later in the afternoon • A wine history of Central Otago and New Zealand
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The Wine Trail Tour
$149
Visiting 4 cellar doors;                            Tasting of up to 20 of the best of Central Otago wines in all the wineries visited;                            Return transfers to and from your Queenstown accommodation;                            Complimentary bottled water;                            Professional commentary;                            Sightseeing in the heart of the Central Otago wine region;                            Professional photos.
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Private Wine Trail Tour
$800
Private, flexible, relaxed wine touring. With a minimum of two people, you can secure a private vehicle and a personal driver-guide and create your own adventure in the vines. Or get some friends together and indulge in an unforgettable afternoon of scenery, wine and good company. ​Queenstown Winery Tours is a family-friendly wine tour company, so children are more than welcome to join our excursions and we will definitely help to keep them busy so that you can enjoy your tastings! We reccomend booking a private wine tour for your family, but we also know that sometimes parents could use a little downtime. If you’d like to leave your little ones with a babysitter, we can arrange a qualified carer for the day. Find out more about babysitting services: Babysitting Queenstown Duration:            approx. from 11pm-5pm (allow 5-6 hours) Includes:            Visiting 4 cellar doors;                            Tasting of up to 20 of the best of Central Otago wines in all the wineries visited;                            Return transfers to and from your Queenstown accommodation;                            Complimentary bottled water;                            Professional commentary;                            Sightseeing in the heart of the Central Otago wine region;                            Professional photos.
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Taste of Wanaka Wine Tour
$150
This is a fantastic tour option if your visit to Wanaka is a short  one, or your Wanaka itinerary is already jammed packed but you’d still  like to taste some of the local wines. Wanaka Wine Tours can meet you at your accommodation and take you on a fun and informative “mini-tour” of our local vineyards.
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Classic Wine Tour
$259
The accent is on leisure as you immerse yourself into the flavours and  sights of this vineyard paradise. We’ll take you to the little places  that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication  to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners and wine makers. This tour is an unhurried amble through up to six of the regions finest, pausing only to admire the ever-present  views. Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of  Old Cromwell Town and enjoy the indulgence of an award-winning gourmet platter lunch, made from local fresh produce.
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Boutique Wine Tour
$205
Discover some of Wanaka and Central Otago’s wonderful vineyards and scenery, while meeting some of the numerous characters that produce these gorgeous, award winning wines. We’ll take you to the little gems that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners and wine makers.
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Private Half Day Wine Tour
$370
Don’t want to spend the whole day tastings delicious hand crafted wine? … but a half day…Yes!! Maybe you don’t like sharing your experience with others (apart from your best mates) If this is the case, then this tour is perfect for you. Spend half your day experiencing some of Wanaka and Central Otago’s amazing Boutique family owned vineyards. Your knowledgeable, friendly wine guide will talk you through these delicious wines and food, while also entertaining you with numerous stories and anecdotes.
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Private Full Day Wine Tour
$449
This exclusive tour is perfect for those who want to be able to dictate timings and choice of vineyards within the world famous, Central Otago wine region. Have a penchant for Pinot Noir? Or perhaps a crisp off-dry Riesling is more your thing. Let us know and we’ll plan this tour accordingly. Central Otago is full of amazing Boutique family owned vineyards that produce exquisite, vibrant wines that have to be tasted to be believed. Many of these are not generally open to the public, but come with us and experience the magic that lies behind the cellar door.
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Cellar Door Tasting
$10
Akarua’s new cellar door was opened in September 2010 and since its opening has been the perfect way for Akarua to showcase our home and our brand to wine lovers from all over the world. It is a not to be missed stop on the Wine Trail for those interested in learning more about the Central Otago region and at the same time to enjoy sampling the diverse range of Akarua wines that are available; including our renown Pinot Noirs and Methode Traditional wines. Our tasting room is cosy and intimate Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn, Central Otago where Akarua’s winery and home vineyard is situated. Our aim is to provide our visitors with a relaxed, enjoyable experience and to share the history and story of Akarua whilst also imparting our intimate knowledge of our wines and what makes them so special. We would love to meet you and share with you our passion for Akarua wines so if you do have the opportunity to visit, please drop in to our Cellar Door.
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Tasting Flight - Estate Wines
$18
A tasting flight of 4 organic wines from our Estate Range: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Rosé & Pinot Noir Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Tasting Flight - White Wines
$20
A tasting flight of 4 organic White Wines: Bannockburn Pinot Blanc, The Electric No1, Bannockburn Chardonnay, Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Tasting Flight - Red Wines
$25
A tasting flight of 4 organic Pinot Noir: Billet-Doux, The Magnetic, Bannockburn Pinot Noir, The Excelsior Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Tour and Wine Tasting - Carrick Cellar Door
$30
Guided tour through our organic vineyard and winery with a tasting of 4 wines from our Estate Range. Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Cellar Door Tasting
$10
We welcome visitors to our "Industrial" working winery Cellar Door / Tasting Room. Come try our latest vintage of sparkling, whites and red. Fee redeemable with any purchase. Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Cellar Door Tasting
$10
Visit our Cellar Door in the heart of Gibbston, located in the art gallery space at the Gibbston Tavern, and taste our award-winning Pinot Noir wines as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé and Fumé Blanc of exceptional quality. Fee redeemable with any purchase. Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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