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Welcome to Appellation Wine Tours

Appellation Wine Tours is Queenstown’s leading premium wine tasting tour company with over 23 years of experience showcasing the finest wine, scenery and history throughout Central Otago.

Our award-winning all-inclusive wine tasting tours have been designed to educate, enlighten and indulge you with the very best Central Otago has to offer. We hope to leave you with a lasting impression of a perfect and memorable day out.

Our Specialist Wine Guides have a true passion for Central Otago and they are eager to share their knowledge of local sights and history and of course everything wine!

Our Daily Wine Tasting Tours are designed for individuals, couples or groups to enjoy a spectacular day out in Central Otago wine country together. Departing from Queenstown, visit up to three wine sub-regions including Gibbston, Cromwell and Bannockburn. See, taste and learn the unique differences of each region.

Whether you choose a small-group tour or a Private Wine Tasting 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 every day and vineyard requests can be included when notified in advance. Some vineyards also offer craft beer tastings and we can endeavour to include these venues if they are of interest.

So start planning your Central Otago wine tasting touring experience today! We can’t wait to have you along.

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Join one of our daily small-group tours and experience the best of the region

Gourmet Food and Wine Tour

Experience an indulgent and diverse full-day wine tasting touring adventure showcasing the very best sights and tastes from the Central Otago region.

Enjoy a guided tour through New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave at Gibbston Valley Winery, and savour a unique 5-dish gourmet lunch cooked in retired oak barrels and perfectly matched with 5 wines at The Stoaker Room restaurant.

Boutique Wine Tour

Enjoy wine tastings from four premium vineyards over three contrasting wine sub-regions; Gibbston and the lesser-known Cromwell and Bannockburn basin.

Stop in for lunch at a vineyard restaurant and savour a delightful platter-style lunch made with locally sourced produce and accompanied by a flight of wines.

Classic Wine Tour

While away the afternoon in the "Valley of the Vines".

Get a real taste for Central Otago wines on this fun and interactive afternoon tour. Let one of our experienced Wine Guides whisk you away to Queenstown’s neighbouring wine region, Gibbston, aptly known as the “Valley of the Vines”.

Queenstown Highlights Tour

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!

Our local knowledge and strong relationships with the vineyards of Central Otago will ensure you a highly personalised wine experience

Combine our iconic wine tours with an outstanding range of Queenstown experiences and let us save you time and money

Jet Boat and 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 and Sip Tour

Spend a morning among the trees followed by a afternoon among the vines!

4-line ziplining with varying start and finish times.

Golf and Wine Tour

Golfing on pristine grounds in the morning and tasting premium wines in the afternoon – the ultimate for golf and wine lovers and the icing on the cake is that we organise it all for you!

Cruise and Wine Tour

A leisurely 90 minute scenic cruise on the 110 year old, coal fired steamship TSS Earnslaw from the Queenstown lakefront to Walter Peak High Country Farm and return.

Don't just take our word for it!  Our reviews speak for themselves...

Stephanie C
Stephanie C
14 May 2024
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Nice wine and food tour We had Allan as a driver today. Great day on the road and amongst the vines. That will have to do for my one hundred words, yeh.
Anonymous855
Anonymous855
30 April 2024
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Everything as advertised & more! Truly a gourmet event... I have been to many wine tastings being from California and I felt the tour company ensured we had a unique experience at each location, thank you. I am also fussy about my food and was delighted by the lunch...wow! That day we had goat meatballs on polenta, venison with a wine sauce, skin on salamon, pork and all sorts of veggies along with a flight of wines matched to the food. Our host was gracious and gave us 15 minutes to scoot around Arrowtown very quickly. Overall, I was quite pleased with this experience and recommend it amongst the many choices.
PENNY M
PENNY M
29 April 2024
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Great day out Phil was fabulous he showed us some fabulous locations and we were very lucky that is was a stunning day. Great insider tips and we had a fantastic day
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Cruiser23035244653
28 April 2024
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Awesome Wine Tour Awesome tour! I went on the tour solo and had an amazing time. The wine was wonderful, food was delicious, and ride was great with the knowledgeable guide. He shared a lot of his knowledge on the area’s history and the wineries which kept the rides between wineries interesting. The tastings at each winery were also great with lovely staff. Highly recommend this wine tour! The food was a highlight as well, so good and awesome presentation.
Elyse T
Elyse T
14 April 2024
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Wine and Smoked Fare This was one of the most interesting of the several wine tours we took in New Zealand. The wine was excellent and the vintners interesting, but the star of the tour was lunch at the Stoakery Restaurant: meats and vegetables cooked in repurposed wine barrels served with a selection of Wild Earth wines. A unique and very tasty experience.
Patti J
Patti J
8 April 2024
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Helpful guide and good variation in wineries Our guide, Al, was very knowledgeable of the area and gave us wonderful insight about the vineyards we were visiting. Each of the wineries treated us with their best pours and helpful tasting notes. Lunch was a real treat, we asked for the vegetarian option and it was one for the best plates we had in NZ. Al also made sure everything operated well, even helping out at the meal and cheese tasting. I highly recommend this company for a tour.
Warwick M
Warwick M
4 April 2024
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Great experience. This trip was a great experience. We had Paul as our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable, welcoming and ensured we had a great time. The wineries were lovely and the food was great. Would highly recommend.
Todd F
Todd F
4 April 2024
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Amazing Whiskey and Wine tasting luxury tour - one not to miss My wife bought for me a Whiskey and Wine Tasting luxury tour. We were picked up from our hotel by John, who was wonderfully engaging and knowledgeable about the area we were travelling through. We went to the Cardrona Distillery for a personal tour of the distillation process and tasting afterwards, which was wonderfully delivered by the team at Cardrona. We then went to Kinross Vineyard's Celler Door which was representing 5 different vineyards followed by a food platter - all was amazing and well delivered by the local teams. Would highly recommend this tour.
Cindy C
Cindy C
30 March 2024
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One of the best wine tours I've been on around the world Outstanding food and wine tour with an amazingly interesting group of people and a extremely knowledgeable guide. The sommelier were fantastic too. This region is known to produce some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. I learned sooooo much ... and tasted MANY wines...in fact it was one of the most generous wine tours in terms of how many wines we tasted. We visited Gibbston Valley Winery, Akarua winery, Misha's Vineyard (this where we had the main food tasting which was seriously spectacular... my favorite food thus far on our trip), and Mt. Rosa Wines. A couple of my favorites from rhe day were the 2023 Pinot Rouge by Akarua, 2022 China Terrace by Gibbston.
Alice K
Alice K
21 March 2024
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Tasteful and fun day Tasteful and fun day visiting 4 smaller wineries, including having a very tasteful lunch at one of them. Traveling together with a small group of 10 people from several different countries was great.
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