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Appellation Wine Tours operate award-winning tours from Queenstown, led by expert wine guides that ensure you get to experience the very best of what Central Otago has to offer. Departing daily from Queenstown, the daily wine tours take you off the beaten track into the heart of Central Otago.
Explore the vineyards
The Central Otago wine region spreads from the outskirts of Queenstown’s Wakatipu Basin through picturesque valleys and dramatic gorges to the rolling vine-clad foothills of Bannockburn and beyond. The region itself is broken into six wine sub-regions: Bannockburn, Cromwell Basin, Bendigo, Gibbston, Wanaka, Alexandra Basin. Each region has its own distinctive soils, elevations and characteristics, all producing excellent aromatic and burgundy wine types.
Appellation Wine Tours offer a full day, half day, or afternoon tour where you have the opportunity to gain wealth of knowledge from the passionate wine guides – local knowledge, history and everything wine!
Red or White?
New Zealand’s wines are world famous and in demand, although for many people, and many supermarket shelves, New Zealand wine=Sauvignon Blanc. And the very aromatic, fruit driven and quite acidic “Kiwi style Savvy” at that.
This is a shame. Whilst Sauvignon Blanc is the country’s most widely planted varietal, it can also be argued that it is the least significant when compared to some of the truly outstanding and world class wines being produced by innovative, quality obsessed winemakers with an intimate understanding of terroir and tradition.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with the Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay, Brancott and Villa Maria wines that we are familiar with, the real pleasure comes from finding the wines that you’ll rarely, if ever, see outside of New Zealand, and meeting and chatting to the people who made them.