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“Excellent tour operator. Unbeatable experience.”

Appellation Central Wine Tours
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Central Otago Wine Tours from Queenstown
Ranked #2 of 24 Food & Drink in Queenstown
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Excellent tour operator. Unbeatable experience.”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Just wanted to send you a quick note to pass on our thanks to Paul and the Appellation Central Wine Tour Company. My partner and I had a wonderful time on the full-day Gourmet Wine tour, and Paul was a sensational host. He was so knowledgeable of not only the wine region and five individual wineries that we visited, but he was also a fantastic source of all kinds of local area information and history which was a very nice bonus for us. Overall, it was a very enjoyable day and one that I would highly recommend.

Visited April 2014
Thank Lisa V
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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“Very informative”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

We had Steph as our guide and she was the best. She was so knowledgeable and explained things so well. We visited 4 wineries in Central Otago and had a very good lunch in one. There were lots of tastings about 7 at each winery. We learnt a great deal about New Zealand wines.
It was the guide that made the tour as she was so well informed about all the different wines and all the wineries in the region. We even stopped at the request of one of the group at a road side place selling Manuka Honey and she knew all about what type to get.

Visited March 2014
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Ribble Valley
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“A must do in Queenstown”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

What a trip! I was recommended this trip by a friend and it does not disappoint. Our tour guide Paul was simply brilliant. He was so knowledgeable about the area we were in and all the wines we were tasting. It was lovely to be taken around by someone who was so enthusiastic about what we were seeing.

The four wineries we visited were all very different and each provided a great insight into what the wine makers of central Otago are really trying to achieve!

Visited April 2014
Thank Christine T
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Black Diamond, Washington
2 reviews
“Very Enjoyable!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Our guide, Paul was very knowledgeable and not only took us to four wineries for wine tastings but provided information about our surroundings and the history of the wines. Very interesting and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour!

Visited April 2014
Thank Shawn M
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great way to see Central Otago Wine Region”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

My wife and I had a great time on the Gourmet Wine Tour. We were able to see 5 wineries, some better than the others and see all over scenic Central Otago Valley. It was a great way to see the area as well as taste great wines. There was 7 of us and our driver Paul on the tour. Paul was a great guide and had great knowledge of wine and the entire region. He made the trip more enjoyable as he knew his stuff. The lunch at Northburn station was a great spread. I recommend the tour as a great way to try NZ wines and see the region. There was lots of driving involved but had time to enjoy each winery. Felt a little rushed at 1 or two of them but overall that wasn't an issue. We even stopped at a cherry farm and was able to purchase some cherries for the ride home. We visited a nice variety of vineyards from larger to a very small production.

Visited January 2014
Thank Adam B
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