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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 106 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...

  • “All very memorable. Four different vineyards all well prepared for us. Great wines and good
    lunch. The weather was great which made a difference. The guide John was
    knowledgeable and very helpful. A lovely day out of Queenstown."

    Sulwen, Feb. 2023 (Trip Advisor).
  • What a great day! Our driver and host Paul was very professional and knowledgeable. The wines were excellent at each of the 4 wineries visited, as was the platter lunch at Carrick. The small group format meant that you got to know everyone on the bus, and by the end of the trip they all felt like friends. Add the magnificent mountain scenery of central Otago and it made for an unforgettable day. Highly recommended.

    Evets12,  Feb. 2023 (Trip Advisor).
  • Tour guide John did an excellent job getting us to 4 wineries for tastings and lunch. He had to make an adjustment and managed it with ease. He even added a couple of photo stops and a ride through Arrowtown. Group on our tour were fun and we enjoyed their company. Wines were excellent and we highly recommend this tour

    Laura F. Feb. 2023 (Trip Advisor).
  • “Great afternoon out, what better to do on a rainy afternoon, beautiful wines at great locations, a number of wines for all different taste buds. The guide was amazing, very knowledgeable! Look forward to trying the other locations Appellation have to offer. The cheese at the end of our tour at Mt Rosa was so delicious with the different pairing wine options, would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Queenstown."

     JulieA2, Feb. 2023 (Trip Advisor).
  • "We enjoyed the diversity of the wines of Central Otago. The tour allowed the opportunity to
    relax and enjoy a different side of the Queenstown area."

    djhill817, Feb. 2023 (Trip Advisor).