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Latest Updates from Appellation Wine Tours

November 24, 2021
Top tips you need to know to taste wine like an expert

Want to learn how to taste and evaluate a glass of wine like a wine connoisseur? If you want to swirl, sniff and sip like a pro then check out these top tips from award-winning Central Otago boutique winemaker, Waitiri Creek Wines. Navigating the world of wine drinking can be an overwhelming experience for new wine […]

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October 22, 2021
Save Time & Money with these Queenstown Combo Tours!

Combos … combination tours … combining two or more activities is fast becoming a popular option for those enthusiastic busy travellers not only wanting to save a dollar, but perhaps more importantly these days – time! Booking activities in themselves can be a very time-consuming and monotonous process; and therefore, having activities organised in such […]

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October 21, 2021
Winemaker honoured with fellowship

A pioneering Central Otago winemaker has added another gong to his list of achievements: being named a New Zealand Winegrowers Fellow for 2020. Like all wine vintages, the award to Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef has taken time, in this case delayed by Covid-19. Mr Bauer said he was notified of the honour, which comes […]

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October 19, 2021
A delightful twist and turn through Queenstown

I must admit that I’ve never been game enough — or is it silly enough? — to go for a bungy jump, but I have flown into Queenstown. Not that I found that so bad, despite the proximity of some pretty rugged terrain, though I’m told that when the clouds and turbulence close in it […]

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April 1, 2020
VOGUE – Treading Lightly – Written by Mark Sariban

QUEENSTOWN IS BEST known as New Zealand’s adventure travel capital, with its ski fields on the imposing Remarkables and surrounding mountains, jet-boat rides and, of course, bungee jumping. But this South Island town has also become an epicentre for sustainable tourism ventures addressing the growing demand for more environmentally responsible holidays. Here you can do […]

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October 29, 2019
Freelance Travel Writer Sally Scott writes article on best cellar doors in Central Otago!

Alluxia Founder & Freelance Travel Writer Sally Scott was commission by International Traveller Magazine to write a 850+ word story on the Best Cellar Door Experiences in Queenstown. She chose Appellation Wine Tours to show her around the best of the Gibbston region. Read what she had to say here: Best cellar door experiences in Queenstown

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March 21, 2018
Robin Lensi: Whose up for a wine tour or bungy jumping?

Where can you find La Dolce Vita? The Sweet Life can be found wherever you are in my  opinion, not just in Italy.  Recently I had an amazing chance to travel to New Zealand and wow they really live The Sweet Life there! The area around Queenstown, New Zealand is surrounded by soaring snow capped mountains, glacier lakes and […]

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March 2, 2018
A March Among the Vines Blog post featuring Appellation Wine Tours

A Tour Down Under, Otago We love it when people either blog about us, or blog about the Central Otago Wine region. Its a win win for us, because it helps get this fantastic cool-climate wine region on the international radar. There are enough international award-winning wines coming from Central Otago, with vines only just […]

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May 5, 2017
Appellation makes it to the “Top things to do in Queenstown” !!

Queenstown travel guide, tours & things to do Only got a couple of days to get to know a new city? Our Big Five City Guides can help. We break each destination down into culture, history, dining, shopping and relaxation must-sees and dos. Adam Ford checks in from Queenstown in New Zealand… At night the […]

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