During your Altitude Tour you will get to visit at least 3 or 4 wineries over the course of day. During these stops these always the opportunity to taste a variety of the wines plus ask the cellar masters as many questions as you want about production, the methods of growing the grapes and the influences of micr-climates. However, having a little pre-knowledge about the wines and the wineries can often make your experience even more enjoyable as it prepares you for things to look out for on your wine tour.

In the section we introduce you in a bit more detail to many of the wineries that you might visit. Click on the more info links to find out more information on each winery from the list below.


WAITIRI CREEK WINES

Waitiri Creek WinesPlanted with Chardonnay in 1994 Waitiri Creek was the first vineyard to be planted on the northern side of State Highway 6. Today the property boasts the iconic 100 year old poplar trees and a beautifully restored old church as a tasting room and restaurant.

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MT DIFFICULTY WINES

Mt Difficulty WinesFormed in 1992 by the so-called “gang of four” on a “gentleman’s handshake” to create a consortium from four newly planted vineyards to be produced under one brand – being Mt Difficulty wines. Mt Difficulty produces arguably some of Central Otago’s premium wines that have gained a well earned international reputation.

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GIBBSTON VALLEY WINES

The cave at Gibbston Valley WinesThe winery that started it all! Under the ownership of Mr Alan Brady Gibbston Valley Wines was Central Otago’s first commercial wine, followed impressively in 2001 with the award of “Best Pinot Noir in the World”.Today there is restaurant, cheesery, tasting rooms and enormous wine cave onsite.

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AKARUA WINES

Akarua Wines Cellar DoorFamily run Akarua is one of the largest producers in Central Otago with vineyards spreading over 110+ hectares producing a large range of different wines including sparkling wines. Akarua also boasts an innovative winery for large scale commercial production and a number of tasting rooms around Central Otago.

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AMISFIELD WINES

Royals at Amisfield WinesAmisfield is also a large scale commercial brand including the largest single vineyard in Central Otago at over 80 hectares near Cromwell plus an exquisite tasting room, restaurant and small vineyard right on the doorstep of Arrowtown and Lake Hayes.

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MT ROSA WINES

Tasting Woolshed Mt Rosa

One of the best things about Mt Rosa (obviously apart from their sumptuous wines) is the fun, friendly and down to earth tasting experience in their renovated woolshed (where sheep once ‘got naked’), come cellar door.

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FELTON ROAD WINES

Felton-Road-WinesEstablished in 1991 Felton Road are arguably one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine producers with most wines being purchased on pre-order or for International collections. Located on Bannockburn’s Felton Road can only be visited by appointment.

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CHARD FARM WINES

Chard Farm Vineyard on the edgeIf there is one vineyard which typifies the “vineyards on the edge” description often given to Central Otago vineyards it is Chard Farm. Perched perilously above the Kawarau River the excitement of just driving into the property is an activity alone! But it is not just the visit to the winery that should not be missed – Chard Farms wines are equally exciting!

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WOOING TREE WINES

Wedding-under-the-wooing-treeWooing Tree Wines is literally in Cromwell, situated right on the edge of the town. The presence of the town in this vineyard is much than in just proximity – the name also comes from the large Monterey Pine that has been very important in the lives of many young local couples while growing up.

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WILD EARTH WINES

Wild Earth Wines Food PlatterWild Earth Wines is another Central Otago winery that has reached staggering altitude on the world stage. At the 2008 International Wine Challenge in London the 2006 Wild Earth Pinot Noir won Best Red Wine and Champion Pinot Noir! Today Wild Earth boasts one of the most interesting dining experiences in Central Otago alongside their epic wines.

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CARRICK WINES

Wooing Tree Wines in CromwellCarrick Wines have been undergoing a change in ownership and perhaps also a change in style of wines. Traditionally described as very characteristic Central Otago wine most recently a number of new innovative styles are emerging from Carrick making it one of the most exciting wines to watch in the region.

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COAL PIT WINES

Vineyard at Coal Pit WinesThe name stems from the original industry on Coal Pit Rd – but this wine is anything but coal. When Rosie Dunphy purchase Coal Pit Wines in 2001 she bought an attention to detail in the vineyard plus a state of the art winery that has bought many award winning wines.

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WILD IRISHMAN WINES

Wild Irishman Wines at KinrossFrom the famous man himself. Wild Irishman is Alan Brady’s latest wine. Made from his retirement vineyard with the stated purpose of having fun with Pinot Noir it is equally his best with an incredible complexity of aromas and flavours – one of our favourite wines in Central Otago.

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VALLI WINES

Valli Wines in GibbstonFour different vineyards produce four completely different Pinot Noirs for Valli Wines. Owner and produced by Grant Taylor – the only winemaker in the world to win Best Pinot Noir four seperate times. Taste these wines alongside one another at the Kinross Wine Experience.

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HAWKSHEAD WINES

Hawkshead Pinot NoirPlanted in 2001 Hawkshead wines display the passion and tenderness owner Dennis Marshall has for the land he so carefully nurtures. These wines are beautifully handcrafted with each clone variety individually fermented and blended only after tasting to produce the best possible quality.

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DOMAINE THOMSON WINES

Domaine Thomson at Gevrey ChambertinDavid Jones developed not one but two Pinot Noir vineyards at exactly the same time. Not unusual except one was in Central Otago and one was in the old world of Burgundy, France. Domaine Thomson is such as interesting story and equalling interesting wine with both French and Kiwi influences.

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