10 Wine Tours & Tastings in Central Otago That You Shouldn't Miss

May 22, 2022 Jeremy Dunfee

Discover the best top things to do in Central Otago, New Zealand including Gibbston Half-Day Private Wine Tour with Hotel Pickup, 'Express' Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wānaka, Wine Tour from Queenstown: Full Day, Wine Tour from Wanaka & Cromwell: Full Day, Full-Day Small-Group Central Otago Wine Tour, THE TIGER TOUR - Full-Day Guided Wine Tour of the Central Otago Wine Region., Gourmet Food and Wine Tour From Queenstown with Lunch Included, Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown, Wine Tour From Wanaka: Half Day, Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine.
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1. Gibbston Half-Day Private Wine Tour with Hotel Pickup

Queenstown Winery Tours
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5.0 based on 7 reviews

After complimentary accommodation pick-up, we will set off for the heart of Gibbston on a small private tour to visit four cellar doors and journey into the ‘valley of the vines’ to discover these vineyards nestled amongst the spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic river gorges. Before we get to the first winery there will be a stop at a scenic location and travellers will learn about wine-tasting techniques and wine aromas while soaking up the fabulous views. In one of the wineries, we will savour a vineyard platter or a cheese board to pair with the wines. There will be time for you to order more food if you think you need (at your own expense). We will visit boutique wineries that are off the beaten path. There is no set routine, so every day is an adventure. The choice of the wineries visited will vary each day based on your individual group's dynamics. The overall focus is on high-quality wines as well as friendly and informative staff.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Bottled water, Tasting of up to 20 of the best of Central Otago wines in all the wineries visited, Shared cheese platter, Professional photos

Exclusions: Lunch, Gratuities

Reviewed By Pioneer615939

Susana was a great guide, very friendly and knowledgeable. The choice of wineries was excellent. Vety good value for money.

2. 'Express' Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wānaka

103 Ardmore Street, Otago 9305, New Zealand WanaHaka Tours
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Experience this one-of-a-kind wine tasting with a fascinating Māori culture spin! Learn about Māori history and their experiences of this region while sampling many wonderful wines. Of the wineries listed we will visit 2, if you have a preference please let me know.

Inclusions: Alcoholic Beverages, Air-conditioned vehicle

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Reviewed By TGaudin-Brady

What an amazing trip! Joe was so friendly and went the extra mile to make us feel welcome. His Maori knowledge of the region was second to none. The vineyards we went to were great, being able to try many different varietals of wine and the staff were also very friendly and welcoming. This trip is definitely recommended, especially if you want something a bit more special than your standard wine tour. A must do if you are in Queenstown or Wanaka. Thanks again Joe!!

3. Wine Tour from Queenstown: Full Day

1 Gray Street, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Wineberry Tours
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This exclusive wine tour of 5 wineries is perfect for small groups of family & friends. In Central Otago wine country you'll discover a wide range including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc. I will pick you up at your accommodation in Queenstown at 11.40 am. Travelling in a premium SUV we head up the Kawarau Gorge to our first wine tasting which takes place at one of the most awe inspiring settings in the winemaking world. We then head to Cromwell where wineries are set amongst the historic remnants of the gold rush era. Here you will visit three wineries and taste distinctive wines in dramatic terrain. At one of the wineries a platter lunch can be booked in advance on your behalf with expenses payable by you directly to the cellar door. We then return to Queenstown and stop at a winery on the way for our final tasting. I am also a photographer; pictures are free of charge and are sent to you via link after the tour.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Over 24 wines available for tasting, Wine tasting fees, Coolbox for drinks & food, WiFi on board, Air-conditioned vehicle, Photos free of charge, Wine tasting guide

Exclusions: A platter lunch can be booked on your behalf with all expenses (from $20 per head) payable by you direct to the vineyard ; platter menus available on request.

Reviewed By Exploration202242

We had a wonderful day of wine tasting with Greg. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about wine and the region. Spending a day with him was an absolute blast. We can’t stop recommending this tour to all our friends and family. Overall experience absolutely 5 star! Thank you Greg :)

4. Wine Tour from Wanaka & Cromwell: Full Day

1 Ballantyne Road, Mount Aspiring National Park 9305, New Zealand Wineberry Tours
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This is a relaxing wine tour for small groups of family and friends who want an exclusive experience. You will travel in a luxury air-conditioned SUV with leather seats, generous legroom, extra headroom, sunroof and USB power. On board there is a free wi fi hotspot, coolbox for food and beverages, wine carrier for purchases and umbrellas. Complimentary bottled water and crackers are also provided. You will discover an amazing range of award winning wines including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. You will journey through four distinct winemaking sub regions and visit boutique wineries off the beaten track on this great value wine tasting experience. A platter lunch can be booked in advance on your behalf with expenses payable by you directly to the cellar door. I am a photographer and will take pictures of your memorable day free of charge a send them to you via download link.

Inclusions: Wine tasting fees, Bottled water, Crackers for palate cleansing between tastings, Coolbox for your drinks, food, over 24 wines available for tasting, Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, Wine tasting guide

Exclusions: A platter style lunch can be booked in advance on your behalf with expenses payable by you (from $20 per head) ; platter menus available on request.

Reviewed By divyanz

Greg was super generous with his knowledge of the region and its wines, and it was a real privilege enjoying the wine experience with him. He took us to cellar doors at boutique wineries we wouldn't have been able to access otherwise, definitely not 4 in half a day. Absolutely recommend a wine tour with Greg for a true Central Otago wine experience (and he does the driving!)

5. Full-Day Small-Group Central Otago Wine Tour

The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Altitude Wine Tours
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This is an immersive, fun and educational wine tour visiting five of Central Otago’s finest and off the beaten track cellar doors through the BIG 4 wine regions of Gibbston, Cromwell Bendigo and Bannockburn. Sample over 20 spectacular cool-climate wines and enjoy an (optional) exceptional lunch at the renowned Bannockburn Hotel (additional cost ordered on the day) whilst learning information, stories and facts about the region and wine from your charismatic guide and cellar staff educate. Travel in style with transfers in a luxury Mercedes van, and make use of our complimentary WiFi and bottled water. We have regular cellar doors we visit however we have the flexibility to tailor the tour to suit where possible. If you have specific requests please let us know through ‘special requirements’ at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate. Sample itinerary for the day: Kinross, Scott Base, Misha's Vinyard, Te Kano and Cloudy Bay.

Inclusions: Wine tastings at 5 unique cellar door locations, Bottled water, WiFi on board, Complimentary branded wine glass, Complimentary Queenstown hotel transfers

Exclusions: Lunch at premier renown location is at customers expense

Reviewed By HotRoc77

Everything about the day was great including the cheese sampling stop over in Arrowtown. The different types of vineyards were a good introduction to the local area & how they go about what they do. Having little knowledge of wine & more of a beer participant I was impressed by the knowledge & passion to all those that we met & we all enjoyed sampling the different types of local wines. Alia our knowledgeable, very pleasant & ‘designated’ driver certainly made our trip something to remember. None of our group had been on a wine tour before & this won’t be our last. Highly recommend Altitude????

6. THE TIGER TOUR - Full-Day Guided Wine Tour of the Central Otago Wine Region.

Roaring Wine Tours
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What makes us this tour different from the rest? * We take you further into the heart of the Central Otago wine region than any other wine tour provider. * You get to visit 5 vineyards spread across Central Otagos many sub-regions (Bannockburn, Pisa, Cromwell basin, Earnscleugh, Alexandra basin) * You will visit the regions most boutique vineyards, avoiding the over crowded tourist traps that the other wine tours visit. * You will meet wine makers, viticulturists, vineyard owners and hear their stories directly from the horses mouth. * We have no set itinerary for the day, so expect vineyard stops tailored to your palate. * You are guided by trained wine industry professionals, from qualified Sommeliers to Wine makers to vineyard owners. * A delicious platter style lunch is included in the tour price and we take care of all tasting fees.

Inclusions: Wine tastings at 5 vineyards, Platter lunch (Selection of cheeses, cured meats, pickles, breads, etc., Transport by air-conditioned minivan, Qualified and experienced wine industry guide , GST (Goods and Services Tax), Bottled water, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Guided vineyard tour, Wine tastings as far as Alexandra

Exclusions: Wine purchases, International shipping

Reviewed By B071970

This was amazing!! Went with a group of 12 ladies in total. Was great to try some wines that I wouldn't normally go for. Natalie was a great either guide and get knowledge of the wine was amazing! Would have been great to have had a bit more on the players that we were given for lunch but they were happy to give us more crackers to finish off. All in all a fantastic day!!

7. Gourmet Food and Wine Tour From Queenstown with Lunch Included

Appellation Wine Tours
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An indulgent and varied full-day tour seeing local sights, enjoying fresh cuisine and tasting a selection of fine wines, cheeses and handcrafted chocolates. Taste wines at 4 premium vineyards over 2 Central Otago wine regions. Included is the Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour, a splendid cheese and wine presentation and a divine local cuisine lunch. Visit the historic precinct of Old Cromwell and return to Queenstown via the must-see Arrowtown with time to take a stroll and sample locally made chocolates at one's leisure.... and step back in time to the gold rush, exploring heritage buildings!  To ensure an intimate experience with other wine lovers, numbers are limited to 12 people on the tour.

Inclusions: An exquisite lunch consisting of 5 dishes cooked in retired oak barrels and matched with wines., Wine tastings at 4 vineyards over 2 contrasting wine sub-regions, Knowledgeable Wine Guide with fascinating commentary, Transport by luxury vehicle, Courtesy hotel pickup and drop-off (write to us if yours is not listed)., Enjoy a lovely cheese platter at one of the vineyards, and take home artisan chocolates.

Exclusions: Gratuities, Alcoholic drinks or wine purchases (available to purchase)

Reviewed By JudeCatherwood

Great tour and great tour guide (Logan). We went to wineries I would not have considered visiting and they were all awesome. We had great receptions at each place. Domain Road was our favourite.

8. Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - Departs Queenstown

Appellation Wine Tours
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For the more discerning wine lover, or simply people who prefer the flexibility of a private tour.  Join one of our trained wine guides on a wine tasting journey to some of New Zealand's most memorable vineyards, at your own pace. Our local knowledge and familiarity with the vineyards of Central Otago is at your disposal for an intimate half or full day's wine experience in a thriving wine region.  Packages are tailor made for you, and we encourage you to advise us of any varietal or vineyard preferences when booking.

Inclusions: Match a glass of wine with your lunch, Wine tastings at a selected number of vineyards stated on each tour type, Bottled water, Knowledgeable Driver Guide with fascinating commentary, Courtesy hotel/port pick-up & drop-off (please contact us if yours is not listed).

Exclusions: Extra alcoholic drinks or wine purchases (available to purchase), Gratuities

Reviewed By karmynb2021

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour which included a jetboat and then the winery tour with Martin. It was a great day and I would highly recommend it. The jet boat was so much fun. Then the winery tour was excellent. The tour guide was friendly and very informative. The vehicle was comfortable. The wineries were lovely and the selection of wines and local expertise was excellent too. We had a good group of us on the tour too. Thank you once again for a lovely tour and all the best for what is hopefully a better year for your business than 2020 was. Kind regards, Karmyn Billing

9. Wine Tour From Wanaka: Half Day

1 Ballantyne Road, Mount Aspiring National Park 9305, New Zealand Wineberry Tours
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See four wineries on this fantastic wine tour. Great for small groups of family and friends who want an exclusive experience. You will travel in a luxury air-conditioned SUV with leather seats, generous legroom, extra headroom, sunroof and USB power. On board there is a free wi fi hotspot, coolbox for your snacks and beverages, wine carrier for purchases and umbrellas. Complimentary bottled water and crackers are also provided. You will discover an amazing range of award winning wines including Pinot Noir, Rosé, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. You will journey through three distinct winemaking sub regions and visit boutique wineries off the beaten track on this great value wine tasting experience. I am also a photographer and will take pictures of your memorable day trip free of charge and send them to you via download link after the tour.

Inclusions: Wine tasting fees, Wine tasting guide, Air-conditioned vehicle, over 20 wines available for tasting, Bottled water, Crackers for palate cleansing between tastings, WiFi on board, Umbrellas

Exclusions: Please ensure that you have your lunch prior to departure.

Reviewed By Exploration202242

We had a wonderful day of wine tasting with Greg. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about wine and the region. Spending a day with him was an absolute blast. We can’t stop recommending this tour to all our friends and family. Overall experience absolutely 5 star! Thank you Greg :)

10. Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown - Includes 4 Vineyards, Lunch & Wine

Appellation Wine Tours
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Experience the beauty of Central Otago, its fine wines, rich gold history and welcoming people. This tour will take you to visit two of Central Otago's wine sub-regions, allowing you to taste the difference! Visit 4 vineyards, enjoying tastings at three vineyards and then indulge in a light platter lunch with a glass of premium wine at a fourth vineyard.

Inclusions: All wine tastings, Local guide, Air-conditioned vehicle, Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only), Light platter lunch & glass of premium wine

Exclusions: Gratuities, Food and drinks, unless specified

Reviewed By dan_fell_nz

Our tour guide, Gary, was so knowledgeable and friendly! Would recommend to anyone visiting Queenstown!

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