Frequently Asked Questions...

Where does Appellation Wine Tours go?

On our Boutique Wine Tours, and Gourmet Food and Wine tours, we visit the Gibbston wine sub-region (approximately 20 minutess from Queenstown), the Bannockburn sub-region, and the Cromwell sub-region (both approximately 25 minutes further on from the Gibbston region) through the scenic Kawarau Gorge. We visit a mix of larger, commercialised vineyards through to smaller, quirkier, family-run vineyards.

In the Gibbston region we regularly visit Akarua (pop-up cellar door), Peregrine, Gibbston Valley, Mt Rosa, Waitiri Creek / Cargo Brewery, Brennan, Rockburn (pop up cellar door), Kinross, Amisfield and Chard Farm.

In Cromwell, we regularly visit Wooing Tree, Aurum, Misha’s, Space at the Base and Quartz Reef. In Bannockburn, we often visit Domain Road, Carrick, Akarua, Mt Difficulty and Felton Road. Other vineyards available on request.

What does “Appellation” mean?

Simply put, an “Appellation” is a geographical location used to identify where wine grapes are grown and define how wine was produced. The more specific the region the wine comes from, the better the reputation of the wine.

Do you offer craft beer tastings?

Some vinyards now brew their own beer! You can choose to taste either beer or wine upon arrival to those vineyards. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are interested in craft beer tastings and we will be sure to include one or two of these vineyards in your tour.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We can accept Visa, Mastercard, and Latipay methods including Alipay, WeChat Pay, JD Pay. We can also accept bank transfer on request (for large groups). Please email your request through our online enquiries form.

Where do you pick up from?

Our main pick up point is The Station Building, corner of Camp & Shotover Streets (on the Camp Street side) in central Queenstown. However, we do offer pick-ups from all central Queenstown accommodations, and along Frankton Road, Arthurs Point and Arrowtown. We can also pick up from the Hilton Resort Queenstown. Your exact pick-up time will be confirmed at time of booking and of course we will drop you back off to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Which of your tours include food?

A gorgeous platter-style lunch, with complimentary glass of premium wine, is included on the Boutique Wine Tour at one of the wineries in the Cromwell or Bannockburn sub-region.

The Gourmet Wine and Food Tour includes five small dishes cooked in retired wine oak barrels and paired with matching wines. This tour also includes a tasting of local cheeses and artisan chocolates.

The Classic Wine Tour (afternoon tour) includes a lovely shared cheese platter and glass of premium wine at one of the wineries in the Gibbston region.

Can certain vineyards to be requested to visit?

Yes, though we cannot guarantee as some cellar doors have their own group size restrictions, we always do everything possible to visit those vineyards that are requested.

What is your maximum group size?

On our daily group tours run at a maximum group size of 12 adults, ensuring a personalised and interactive tour for all.  For bookings of 10+, we can run these as a private tour and can accommodate parties of almost any size.

If you have a larger group who wish to take a private tour, we have access to large buses and know exactly which vineyards can take large groups and larger sized vehicles. Please contact us for a quote.

Do you have a minimum number of people needed for your tours?

We require a minimum of 2 people, however, most often, we already have people booked on anyway – so generally no problem for book a single person.

What group sizes do you take on your wine tours?

On our group tours, we keep our maximum group size to 12 adults, ensuring a personalised and interactive tour. If you have a larger group who wish to take a private tour, we can accommodate parties of almost any size. Please contact us for a quote.

Which wine and grape varieties are popular in Central Otago vineyards?

Interestingly, an important step in the development of the Central Otago wine region was the realisation that classical French and German grape varieties also suited the Central Otago terrain, climate and soils. The principal grape varieties of Central Otago are Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay – all of which produce excellent wines.

Which season is best for wine tours?

We operate all year round; fully appreciating Central Otago’s four stunning seasons. Though the weather does tend to be warmest and driest during the summer months, the spectacular colours of autumn and the snow-capped landscapes of winter are a sight not to be missed. Spring days tend to be crisp but lovely, with the remains of the winter snow still on the mountains, and the spring flowers coming into bloom. Who could choose?