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A full-day Wanaka wine tour taking in some of the best Central Otago wineries
Visit 4–6 wineries/cellar doors for tastings at each
An award-winning gourmet platter lunch made from local fresh produce
Discover the arts scene & history of Old Cromwell Town
The services of a local guide to help personalise your experience
Transport onboard a comfortable, air-conditioned mini-van
Convenient return transfers from selected Wanaka accommodation
What to Expect
This classic Wanaka wine tour will give you a real sense of why this region is well known for its delicious, intense, hand-crafted wines. This tour is an unhurried amble through up to six of the region's finest vineyards, pausing only to admire the ever-present views.
As a part of the Central Otago wine region, Wanaka is known best for its excellent cool climate Pinot Noir. However, it also produces superb Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. Some of the best-known local wineries include Rippon, Wooing Tree, Aitken's Folly Vineyard, Chard Farm, and Wild Earth Wines Ltd.
You'll get picked up from your local Wanaka accommodation at 11:00 am, giving you plenty of time for a sleep-in or lazy breakfast before the tour. The accent is on leisure as you immerse yourself into the flavours and sights of this vineyard paradise.
With a friendly, knowledgeable guide accompanying you throughout the day, you'll feel like a local as you get to try wine varieties you wouldn't usually try, and from places you've probably never heard of.
There are several different wineries in the area, which vary from iconic wineries with breathtaking views to boutique wineries not generally open to the public. You'll enjoy tastings at each stop and might be lucky enough to have an opportunity to speak to the winemaker or vineyard owner while tasting their wines. All the vineyards you'll visit are run by true craftspeople who take their wine-making seriously.
In addition to trying wines, you'll have the chance to savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and indulge in an award-winning gourmet platter lunch made from local fresh produce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to wear something comfortable. Wineries generally don't have strict dress codes, so smart casual is perfect. It can get a bit cold, so layers are recommended for the best comfort. Bring a camera to snap some pictures of the fantastic vineyard views and sun protection. If you think you might buy wine to take home, don't forget your wallet!
The wineries you visit will vary depending on opening hours and availability. They might include Rippon, Aitken's Folly Vineyard, Swallows Crossing Vineyard, Wooing Tree, Aurum Wines, Chard Farm, Carrick Winery & Vineyards, or Wild Earth Wines Ltd.
A minimum number of 2 adult guests per tour to operate
The Operator reserves the right to alter, modify or cancel a tour due to bad weather, unsafe conditions or at the request of governmental, park, & state agencies
The Operator assumes no responsibility for injuries, delays caused by breakdowns, accidents, adverse weather conditions and other conditions beyond their control
The Operator is not responsible for any loss or damage to property
- Cancellations within 24 hours of departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee
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