If you’re planning a holiday in Queenstown, the fun doesn’t have to end with the adrenaline-filled activities. The Otago region is home to hundreds of world-class wineries with 75 of them located within a 20-minute drive of Queenstown. With scenic vineyards, cellar doors, and tasting experiences, there’s no shortage of wines to satisfy even the pickiest palate. So choose a wine tour or grab a designated driver and let’s go on a tasting adventure!
First up on our list is the Gibbston Valley Winery in Queenstown. This renowned establishment is a gem in New Zealand’s wine industry, offering visitors an immersive experience amidst its lush vineyards and wine tastings that showcase its exceptional Pinot Noir. You’ll love tasting their exquisite vintage while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views.
Just a short drive from Queenstown is the charming town of Arrowtown, home to the esteemed Amisfield Winery. Known for its sustainable viticulture and exceptional Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, Amisfield offers visitors a scenic vineyard experience and the beauty of its cellar door that overlooks the stunning Arrowtown surroundings.
Rippon Vineyard is a must-visit destination. Located in Wanaka, this family-owned and operated winery produces elegant, age-worthy wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region. With stunning lake and mountain views, Rippon offers a picturesque backdrop for a memorable wine-tasting experience.
A hidden gem in the Otago region is the Mount Edward Winery located in the Gibbston Valley. Established in 1997, this boutique winery produces organic and biodynamic wines that showcase the character of the land. Sip on their Pinot Noir, Riesling, or Chenin Blanc while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Lastly on the list is Chard Farm – a small family owned winery located just 20km from Queenstown. Chard Farm is dedicated to the most exquisite cool climate wines, with a particular focus on Pinot Noir. Chard Farm’s Cellar Door boast a stunning setting above a gorge with spectacular views across the valley.
With so many amazing wineries in the area, this list is just scratching the surface. To experience the best of New Zealand’s winemaking traditions, plan your own day trip or book a wine tour with lunch. A visit to the Queenstown wineries will undoubtedly be a highlight on your next Queenstown holiday – so start planning your tasting adventure today!