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Appellation Central Wine Tours

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Address: Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-442 6920
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Join this award winning New Zealand Wine Tour Company and discover the...

Join this award winning New Zealand Wine Tour Company and discover the wines, history and sights of Central Otago, New Zealand's premier cool climate wine region. Appellation Central's small group wine tours depart daily from Queenstown. An absolute maximum of 12 adults per tour and experienced guides ensure a fun day out in wine country. You will learn about wine appreciation, taste some of the region's great wines, enjoy a delightful gourmet platter lunch and visit the historic town of Old Cromwell. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 Appellation Central Wine Tours have won the Great Wine Capitals national award for Wine Tourism Services and in 2012 won the International Best of Wine Tourism award for Wine Tourism Services.

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Very easy going and personable guides, very prompt at pick up and gave us an exceptional tour, not just in wine but history of the region which was really insightful had an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Gary R

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked the day-long gourmet wine tour for the day after our arrival in beautiful Queenstown. It was superb for several reasons: First off, it was a small group of 6 in a nice van. Second, our tour guide Dave was charming and extremely knowledgeable about both the Central Otago region and the vineyards we were visiting. We visited 2... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took this tour after walking Milford/Routeburn trails. Had a great time visiting four wineries. Amisfield was the first and had an interesting education on the wines of Central Otago and tasting of the different Pinot varieties; great location. Next we visited the Wooing Tree winery for lunch and local wines, then Domain Road Winery which had some exception Pinot varies.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very easy going and personable guides, very prompt at pick up and gave us an exceptional tour, not just in wine but history of the region which was really insightful had an awesome time and would recommend to anyone travelling to jump on and do a tour

Thank Gary R
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thank you Simon Hodge, our guide, for an excellent half day. It was an exceptional experience. Picked up from 'The Station' tour hub in central Qtown, the 25min drive to our first tasting stop at Gibbstown allowed us to see the scenery unfold and for the Central Otago wine history to be told. The first stop allowed a full range... More 

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ArtisanalWines, General Manager at Appellation Central Wine Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback Keith, always lovely to hear how the experience went. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and we hope to see you back! Cheers :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked a wine tour with Appellation Central Wine Tours in January 2017. We visited four care of our wonderful guide Simon. There was also a delicious lunch. Simon was knowledgeable, pleasant and above all a very safe driver.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks so much to our friendly, professional and knowledgeable driver/guide/wine buff Simon & a great group of fellow travellers for a fantastic tour today. We stopped at 4 wineries starting with a tasting at Amisfield then Carrick for a wonderful lunch with a glass of Pinot Noir before heading onto Akarua and finally to the character - filled converted church... More 

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Speyer, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A delicious day out in Central Otago. I can only recommend this tour! Our guide, David, is a very nice guy who told us all there is to know about the region itself and of course he brought us to some (5!) lovely vineyards. At all the places we went to we experienced excellent service and tasted up to five... More 

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Cornwall, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Martin did a nice job taking us to 4 vineyards. We were picked up at our hotel on time. Great historical overview. Drove out through very beautiful country. Visited one large and a small vineyards. Peregrine, the larger of the 4 was the best. The other three also had good wines but smaller selection.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were picked up at our hotel by our driver and guide Simon. The selection of wineries that we were taken to was awesome. All were very nice and the group lunch was very good too. Simon was an excellent guide and I highly recommend this tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful wine, an interesting guide, lovely scenery and a gorgeous lunch. All without having to worry about a driver!

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