You’ll never be at a loss for things to do when visiting New Zealand’s Queenstown, gateway to the Central Otago wine region, one of New Zealand’s most exciting wine destinations.
Queenstown and its surroundings have a rich history just waiting to be explored. Relax in Eichard’s Hotel and Bar, browse the design store in Queenstown’s oldest cottage and dispatch your postcards from Arrowtown’s old Post and telegraph office.
Discover the old mining buildings at the Paradise Scheelite mine or hike up to the Invincible Mine with amazing view over the valley and surrounding mountains.
Queenstown is a cosmopolitan town with an incredibly vibrant energy. Boasting many excellent winter sports’ facilities for skiers, snow-boarders, climbers and hikers alike, the summer also provides scope for plenty of excitement. Get your adrenaline rush in the summer in the Gibbston Gorge, spiritual home of the bungee jump or seek your thrills by jet boating, sky diving, paragliding or four-wheel-driving.
A unique holiday destination for all lovers of wine, Queenstown is a cosmopolitan town with an incredibly vibrant energy. Boasting many excellent winter sports’ facilities for skiers, snow-boarders, climbers and hikers alike, the summer also provides scope for plenty of excitement. Get your adrenaline rush in the summer in the Gibbston Gorge, spiritual home of the bungee jump or seek your thrills by jet boating, sky diving, paragliding or four-wheel-driving. The less sporty can enjoy the region’s stunning scenery of glistening lakes and towering mountains by taking a scenic helicopter ride through the mountains to Milford Sound. The Queenstown wine region is a Mekka for thrill seekers as well as being home to some of New Zealand’s most renowned Pinot Noir.
Central Otago, near the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island is one of the world’s most southerly wine regions and is home to some of the southern hemisphere’s best Pinot Noir. The steep mountainous slopes of this dramatic wine region are dominated by the variety, with Pinot Noir planted to nearly three-quarters of this Queenstown wine region. Vines occupy hillside sites here to take advantage of increased sunshine in this extreme vicitultural area. Hot summers and cold winters coupled with hot summer days and cool nights mean the region is subject to extreme seasonal and diurnal temperature variations, which help to temper the climate, moderate the ripening process and give the region’s wines their renowned bright fruitiness and intensity.
Discover the great variety of stunning landscapes and myriad of soils producing wine Queenstown region of Central Otago has to offer by touring its sub-regions. Sample the various nuances Pinot Noir displays when cultivated in different environments. From the prestigious vineyards nestled along the Fenton Road, stretching west from Bannockburn, home to some of the most renowned producers in the region, to the heights in Gibbston where some of the highest vineyards in Central Otago and New Zealand sit overlooking the Kawarau River and its spectacular gorge.
Bannockburn, one of the warmest, driest climates in Central Otago has been dubbed ‘heart of the desert’ and produces some of the richest, concentrated Pinots in the region, boasting firm tannins and intense flavours. The region is also producing Alsace-style Pinot Gris and elegant Chardonnay, whilst some pioneering producers are also experimenting with Syrah. Gibbston, on the other hand, is the Queenstown wine region’s coolest and wettest sub-region with one of the longest growing seasons in Otago, producing some of its most, elegant, subtle and restrained Pinot Noir.
Let our local experts at Wine Paths put together an exciting stay for you in lively Queenstown, wine region where you can combine history, adventure and wine tasting to a backdrop of stunning southern Alpine scenery.
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