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Welcome to Appellation Wine Tours

Appellation Wine Tours is Queenstown’s leading premium wine tasting tour company with over 21 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 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 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!

6-line and 4-line ziplining tour options available 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...

  • “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).
  • “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).