Customer Reviews

Our customers love our local knowledge and familiarity with the vineyards of Central Otago.  Here’s a small sample of the rave reviews we get on Trip Advisor…

Reviews of Appellation Wine Tours

One of the better wine tours we’ve done with Martin as our host who was very knowledgeable about many wineries and the history of wine and the gold rush in NZ. We visited some boutique wineries with some extremely tasty pinot noirs (NZ is famous for pinot noir). 

Plenty of nice white wines as well and we had a great stop at Wild Earth for lunch with some beautifully cooked food with matching wines. Met some great people on the tour, it was intimate and fun and I recommend anyone to do this!

Kozza, Sydney - June 2017

Did a full day tour with a small group of lovely people. Would totally recommend this tour. What an awesome way to see some fabulous countryside, (views to die for) experience some delicious boutique wines and meet some fantastic people along the way.

Not to mention our tour guide, who really made the day, so friendly and extremely knowledgeable


Thank you for a wonderful wine tour today. We really enjoyed the selected wineries and the wines they had to offer for tasting. It was a pleasure to learn more of your wine growing area, not only from the wine servers, but most importantly from our tour guide, Paul. He really made the tour worthwhile. His knowledge of the area history and variety of grapes supplemented and enhanced the tour. He made it interactive and satisfying. We are bit more educated, and definitely more appreciative of the excellent wines of the south island.


Gerard Notario/Robert Asher – January 2018

I was expecting expert wine advice and good commentary. I wasn’t expecting so much else for free. Like our guide knowing everybody we met, or the stunning old Cromwell Town, or the breathtaking scenery. This is exactly how wine tours should be, relaxed, varied, informative and unforgettable.

Chris, NZ

Just wanted to say thank you again for the wonderful wine tour. I raved about your company to the staff at Rydges and have recommended your tour to my friends in Melbourne.

As soon as I get back to the States I’ll start the promotion there! I learned a tremendous amount, had a great time and received great value for money – all measures of a successful day for me! Your tour is well planned, professional and a major benefit to the Central Otago region.

Laura, USA

Just a quick note to let you know what a fantastic time we had on your Gourmet Wine Tour. It was truly the highlight of our trip. Even the weather was perfect!”

Linda, Australia

The best trip I have done in Queenstown! Our Guide Simon drove us around and he was just fantastic. The wineries we visited were all in beautiful locations and the local Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines were delicious! I would definitely do this trip again!”

Laura, New Zealand