Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Queenstown, exploring the Central Otago wine region is a must if you appreciate fine wine.

Welcome to Central Otago, nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island, a haven for wine enthusiasts. With six wine sub-regions, the allure of world-class wines, breathtaking landscapes, and rich cultural heritage beckons to all who appreciate the finer things in life.

Central Otago’s cool climate and glacial soils produce wines of exceptional quality, including world-renowned Pinot Noirs and impressive white varieties. The region’s harsh weather and scenic landscapes translate into unique and memorable wine experiences.

Prepare to be awed by the breathtaking landscapes of Central Otago, where rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and rolling vineyards create a picturesque backdrop for your wine journey.

Central Otago’s thriving wine industry has a fascinating origin story rooted in its rich gold mining history. Digger John Desiré Feraud is believed to have planted the first grapes in 1864, laying the foundation for today’s thriving wine industry. The landscapes altered during the gold rush now serve as the land for vineyards, particularly in Bannockburn, often referred to as the heart of the desert.

Today, visiting the wineries and vineyards offers a unique experience. Each location showcases its own architectural beauty, landscape celebration, or poetic purpose. Hearing authentic stories firsthand within boutique cellar doors from owners, winemakers, and hosts completes the experience.

And what pairs better with good wine than good food? Central Otago offers culinary experiences celebrating local and seasonal produce, making dining out a must when visiting the region.

To all wine connoisseurs, consider the allure of Central Otago and the treasures it holds. Whether you’re drawn to its acclaimed wines, captivating landscapes, rich history, or culinary delights, Central Otago promises an all-in-one experience. Immerse yourself in this wine lover’s paradise by embarking on our award-winning Central Otago Food and Wine Tour. Visit four sub-regions in a fully guided full-day tour, including a delectable lunch at the Bannockburn Hotel. Departing from Queenstown, this tour is perfect for both locals and visitors alike, and as always with Altitude Tours, small-group, premium travel.

Central Otago Food & Wine Tour:

Elevate your wine journey with the full-day Central Otago Food & Wine Tour. Aimed at enthusiasts with a sophisticated palate, this exclusive tour spans four different wine regions in Central Otago. Visit top-class wineries, savour a delectable trust-the-chef lunch, and delve deeper into the world of Central Otago wine.