Much more than a taste experience!
Welcome to Appellation Wine Tours
Appellation Wine Tours is Queenstown’s leading premium wine tour company with over 20 years of experience showcasing the finest wine, scenery and history throughout Central Otago.
Appellation Wine Tours is a locally owned and operated business. We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you on tour!
Our award-winning all-inclusive wine tours have been designed to educate, enlighten and indulge you with the very best of what Central Otago has to offer. We hope to leave you with a lasting impression of a perfect and memorable day out.
Our Expert Wine Guides have a true passion for the Central Otago Wine Region and they are eager to share with you their knowledge of local sights and history and of course everything wine! You can meet them in our Team section or better yet, book a tour!
Our Daily Group Wine Tours depart daily from Queenstown and boast visits to three wine sub-regions. We have chosen the contrasting wine regions of Gibbston, Cromwell and Bannockburn specifically to ensure that you receive a true snapshot of the Central Otago region. You will view, taste and learn about the unique differences of each.
Whether you choose a group tour or wish to book a Private Wine Tour, you will experience regions famous for their outstanding cool-climate wines, boutique vineyards, dramatic scenery and fascinating pioneering history.
We change our tour itineraries daily and we aim to be as flexible as we can. See a list of our favourite Vineyards and if you wish to visit somewhere in particular, just mention this in the booking comments section and we will do our best to adhere. Some vineyards offer craft beer tastings, and if this is also of interest, we can endeavour to include these as well.
So start planning your Central Otago wine touring experience today! We look foward to welcoming you on tour.
Daily Wine Tours
Join one of our daily group tours and experience the best of the region
Daily Wine Tours
Immerse yourself among the boutique vineyards and spectacular alpine scenery of Central Otago. Taste premium, cool-climate wines from varying sub-regions. Vineyard preferences on request and craft beer tastings too! Half day and full day tour options available.
Sit back, relax and soak up the sights and attractions on a morning of guided sightseeing. The Queenstown Highlights Tour visits Arrowtown, Gibbston, AJ Hackett Bungy, Gibbston Valley winery and makes sure you leave no highlights unseen!
Join one of our small group wine tours or a sightseeing tour for a great insight into the local sights and history of Central Otago
Join a daily group wine or sightseeing tour and discover the best ights, wine and food the region has to offer. Half day and full day tours available.
Private Wine Tours
The ultimate Central Otago Experience. Travel in style with our luxury vehicles and enjoy an exlcusive wine tour tailored to suit your interests.
Combo Wine Tours
Save time AND money by booking one of our combination tour packages where WE book and YOU save!
Customised Wine Tours
Specialising in customised tours for any group event or memorable occasion. Arrangements can be made for any group size, age range and level of wine interest.
Private Wine Tours
Our local knowledge and strong relationships with the vineyards of Central Otago will ensure you a highly personalised wine experience
Custom Wine Tours
Join an expert wine guide on a tasting journey to some of New Zealand’s most renowned vineyards. Choose one of our set itineraries or let us create a custom wine tour for you with full flexibility.
Heli & Wine Tour
Enjoy a private, chauffeured wine tour around three wine sub-regions with a spectacular heli-flight over scenic wine country. This is a truly memorable and unique wine touring experience.
Whiskey & Wine Tour
Discover the best of both worlds! Learn the process behind the production of both local wine and spirits on this exclusive and explorative tour to Cardrona Valley and the Gibbston wine region.
Combo Wine Tours
Combine our iconic wine tours with an outstanding range of Queenstown experiences and let us save you time and money
Jet Boat & Wine Tour
Enjoy an adrenaline-filled hour of jet boating followed by a relaxing afternoon among the boutique vineyards of Central Otago. Tour runs from 10am – 4:30pm every day (on demand).
Zip & Sip Tour
Spend a morning among the trees followed by a afternoon among the vines! Three different ziplining tour options available with varying start and finish times.
More Combo Wine Tours...
Golf & Wine Tour
8:15am to 4:30pm (8.25 hours)
Combine two spectacular activities for a great day out in Queenstown – Golf and Wine.
Earnslaw & Wine Tour
10am to 5pm (7 hours)
A leisurely 90 minute scenic cruise on the 106 year old, coal fired steamship TSS Earnslaw from the Queenstown lakefront to Walter Peak high country farm and return.
Here is what our customers have to say about their experiences with us:
“What an incredible wine tour – highly highly recommend!! I was very impressed with the selection of wineries – they were all different from each other and very unique to the region. The tour guide was fun and very knowledgeable of the history and area. The lunch spot was also a highlight. Thank you appellation wine tours!” – Holly, April 2021 (Google Review).
“Had the best day out with Appellation Wine tours. Gary our tour guide was so friendly and informative. He phoned before arriving, and made sure we were comfy and happy all day. He has extensive knowledge of the Central Otago Wine region and because of his great connections with the vineyards, our tasting was very extensive and we got to try some of the “special” bottles too. Lunch was very tasty (and substantial) and the vineyard tour and info was so interesting. Highly recommended!!” – Beemnz, April 2021 (Trip Advisor).
“Didn’t come to this with any expectations as we are not very much into wine but this was a fun and informative afternoon tasting and learning about the wine in this region. Our tour guide, Gary, made it all the more special with his sense of humour, passion and knowledge of the wine and the wineries. We were impressed that he went out of his way to make the tour special even when things happened out of his control. The wineries chosen (Mt Rosa, Gibbston Valley and Kinross) were not only all spectacular but each had their own individual take, making for a very interesting afternoon.” Alexander, May 2021 (Trip Advisor).
“Fantastic tour!! We had a fabulous day with our guide Martin who was so knowledgeable, friendly and informative not only about the wine, but also about the beautiful region and it’s history. Had a lovely light platter lunch and got to try some beautiful wines while taking in the stunning Central Otago scenery. We would highly recommend this tour – THANK YOU so much for a fabulous day!!” – Danielle, March 2021 (Trip Advisor).
“Great experience. Logan our driver was amazing, generally an all round nice guy and a fellow appreciator of wine. Visited some amazing wineries and even got an extra stop off to a cheesery which was incredible, overall a great day out.” Lordoseano, April 2021 (Trip Advisor).