Much more than a taste experience!



Welcome to Appellation Wine Tours

Appellation Wine Tours is Queenstown’s leading premium wine tour company with over 21 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 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 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 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 touring experience today! We can’t wait to have you along.

Daily Wine Tours


Join one of our daily small-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.

Queenstown Highlights

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!

Daily Wine Tours...


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


Daily Wine Tours

Join a daily small-group wine or sightseeing tour and discover the best sights, 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!

Custom Wine Tours

Create your own Custom Tours for your group event or memorable occasion. We can cater to any group size and interests (beer, wine or include an activity!).

Private Wine Tours


Our local knowledge and relationships with all vineyards will ensure you a highly personalised 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.

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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.

Cruise & Wine Tour

12pm to 5pm (5 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:

“After tossing up whether to do the hop on hop off bus I am so pleased we chose Appellation Tours instead. Door to door service and Gary our guide was knowledgeable, fun and professional. We were guaranteed seating at all wineries and there was no queuing or waiting around for tastings and cellar tours. Something you need to think about when it’s cold outside! Just so seamless and easy. Beautiful wines and a great afternoon with lots of information and laughs.” – Quest64601253864, Aug, 2021 (Trip Advisor).

“Such luxury to be collected from our hotel by Gary in a comfortable modern vehicle to be driven from vineyard to vineyard through the magnificent countryside of Central Otago – and Gary knew the history of wine growing in this area, and the details of each vineyard and its wines, our perfect host, companion and guide for the day. Gary’s personable style, with friendly introductions to each cellar door manager and brilliant driving, helped make our day perfect”. Observer4242, Nov 2021 (Trip Advisor).

“Third time around for us on this wine tour, once again did not disappoint. Excellent tour great wine and food very informative and funny tour guide was great.” richf10975, Nov 2021 (Trip Advisor).


“Paul was incredibly knowledgeable and easy to talk to with all sorts of great information about wine making, the vineyards and about the history of Queenstown itself. We’re glad that we chose to do the tour as you can leave the decision making to the experts! We got to visit 4 fantastic vineyards and had a great lunch, it was incredibly good value. Next time we come to Queenstown we plan to do a private tour. Thank you so much Paul!!! 10 stars!” teresas376, Oct 2021 (Trip Advisor).


“Such a brilliant day out. Perfect for couples or groups of friends. We were 7 girls and completely looked after by our guide. All wineries are beautiful and all different. There is so much information about the surrounding areas, how each property started an abundance of knowledge on wine. Highly recommend. Pick-ups from Queenstown hotels and back. We felt very lucky to be able to experience such a wonderful tour with an excellent tour company!” sunnytimes0, Sept 2021 (Trip Advisor).