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.

Sightseeing Tours

Sit back, relax and soak up the sights and attractions on this morning of guided sightseeing. The Queenstown Highlights Tour visits Arrowtown, Gibbston, AJ Hackett Bungy, a winery and a farm (optional) and makes sure you leave no highlights unseen!

Daily Tours...

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

Small-Group Tours

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

Jetboat & 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.

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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Here is what our customers have to say about their experiences with us:

“There are a lot of wine tours available out of Queenstown to choose from and I’m glad we choice this one. Vickie was our guide for the day and not only was she knowledgeable about the area, she is also very friendly with winery owners and staff which made our tastings so much better. But best of all, Vickie’ s sense of humor, we spent the entire day laughing and feeling like we’d known each other for years. Thanks for a great day!” – Michelle, 16/05/2019 Trip Advisor

“Did a full day tour with a small group of lovely people. Would totally recommend this tour. What an awesome way to see some fabulous countryside, (views to die for) experience some delicious boutique wines and meet some fantastic people along the way. Not to mention our tour guide, who really made the day, so friendly and extremely knowledgeable” – Suzanne

“This tour was amazing and Martin was the perfect balance of knowledge and personality! The lunch stop was delicious, almost as good as the wines.”

“We couldn’t rate this wine tour more highly! What a wonderful day out, such an informative and all round lovely guide. The selected vineyards to visit were wonderful with such lovely and knowledgeable tasting hosts and the most delicious spread for lunch. The scenery in between vineyards was breathtaking and the bus we have had was extremely comfortable. A must for all wine lovers!!” – Mel&Steve 13/05/2019 Trip Advisor

“Just a quick note to let you know what a fantastic time we had on your Gourmet Wine Tour. It was truly the highlight of our trip. Even the weather was perfect!” – Linda, Australia