Discover the diverse wines of Central Otago on this full-day wine tour from Queenstown. Travel through the Bannockburn, Cromwell, and at different times Wanaka wine regions with a guide and sample Central Otago’s wines at up to four or five different wineries. Taste diverse wines from grapes such as chardonnay, pinot noir, and riesling, and master the fine art of pairing them with cheese. During your 6-hour tour, gain insight into the various winemaking techniques in operation and admire sweeping views over the fertile valleys. This tour includes round-trip travel from your Queenstown hotel.
Following pickup at your Queenstown hotel, hop into your air-conditioned minivan and head out into the vineyards of the Central Otago wine region to begin your tour. With grape varietals including chardonnay, pinot noir, and sauvignon blanc flourishing throughout the fertile valleys, Central Otago is widely considered the heart of New Zealand’s winemaking industry. During your 5-hour tour, visit up to five award-winning wineries throughout the Bannochburn, Cromwell, Gibbston Valley, and Wanaka wine regions with a guide. Along the way, visit New Zealand’s biggest wine cave and enjoy tastings of the various wines in production. As you travel between the wineries, sample cheeses from across the country and learn how to pair them with the wine. Perhaps stop for lunch at a top vineyard (own expense) and enjoy optional visits to local attractions such as the Cardrona Hotel and historic Arrowtown.After five hours among the vineyards of Central Otago, return in comfort to your Queenstown hotel to bring your tour to an end.