As New Zealand’s most popular tourist resort, Queenstown offers spectacular landscapes accompanied by adventurous outdoor pursuits… and is the gateway to one of the country’s most revered wine regions in Central Otago
Queenstown wineries are home to the world’s most southerly commercial vineyards that are primarily known for the distinctive quality of their Pinot Noir as well as impressive aromatics from Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris.While many visitors flock to the region to fling themselves into adrenaline fuelled activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving and skiing, wineries near Queenstown attract a more discerning clientele with around 200 vineyards that can be reached within a two hour’s drive from the city.
At Wine Paths, our local expert in New Zealand can organise exclusive tours of Queenstown wineries, including elaborate tastings, luxury accommodation, fine dining experiences and some unique activities.All of our private tours of the best wineries near Queenstown can be tailor made to your exact specifications, ensuring every detail is taken care of so that you can relax and enjoy the matter at hand – sampling world class wines amid the country’s breathtaking scenery.
Since many areas in the region were used as backdrops for the blockbusting Lord of the Rings films, it’s no surprise that the scenery here is spellbinding – with natural attractions including the country’s highest peak Mount Cook, imposing glaciers, crystal clear lakes and the Milford Sound.Among our luxury tours of wineries around Queenstown is the opportunity to experience the magnificent Milford Sound – New Zealand’s answer to the Grand Canyon, which attracts more visitors (550,000) per year than any of the country’s other attractions – from the skies as part of a helicopter ride that touches down on a glacier before visiting the Mount Difficulty Winery.
The cellar door at one of the best wineries near Queenstown is as renowned for its awe-inspiring views of the acute cliffs carved during the ice age and punctuated by cascading waterfalls as it is for its premium wines and glorious cuisine served from its on-site restaurant.A typical tour of a Queenstown winery involves exploring the vineyards and cellar accompanied by a professional guide before sampling a range of premium vintages, often accompanied by food pairings featuring local produce.In the last 20 years, the number of Queenstown wineries in Central Otago has risen greatly – with the region contributing 2.4% of largely handcrafted quality wines to New Zealand’s entire production.Many of the estates can be explored as part of the Queenstown wine trail; a 100km route that can be travelled on foot or by bike and passes by the many rivers and lakes of New Zealand’s Southern Lakes district.
Wine tours of leave the town daily and typically visit estates on the Queenstown wineries map across several sub-regions such as Bannockburn, the Cromwell areas and Gibbston Valley – where there is the unique opportunity to sample vintages from an underground wine cave.Queenstown has also been voted as the world’s friendliest city by readers of Conde Naste Traveller, so you are practically guaranteed a warm welcome wherever you go.
If you are interested in visiting wineries near Queenstown, contact Wine Paths for more information and inspirational ideas before planning a bespoke trip.
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