About New Zealand Wine Tours
New Zealand Wine Tours was started in 2013 by Jake Tipler with a singular devotion to providing the best wine tour experience in New Zealand. New Zealand Wine tours is now the highest ranked wine tour in Queenstown on TripAdvisor. From professionally designed vehicle interiors to knowledgeable and informative commentary, every detail has been crafted with the customer in mind. We only offer tours that are personally customisable on the road so you can best experience the wines you like.
We visit both boutique and large wineries in the region to offer you a comprehensive sample of the region’s best wines. Our unique vineyard tour follows the life of wine from grapes through to the glass, to show you what it takes to make Central Otago’s finest wines. We visit the region’s only Aroma Room where you can experience many sensuous aromas commonly identified in wine. All tours come with lunch, free snacks and access to our onboard WiFi.
Our vans are spacious and comfortable, our service is professional and our commitment to your satisfaction is unrivaled. Jake personally guarantees every tour experience, if you are in any way unsatisfied with your tour – Jake will make it right.
About Jake Tipler
Jake is a trained wine industry professional with a love for service and professionalism. He studied Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University and has worked in both the vineyard and the winery to gaining practical industry experience which compliments his theoretical background. Before his formal wine training he traveled around New Zealand, France and Italy gaining local wine knowledge and experience of some of the finest wines in the world. From his previous experiences in Finance, Information Technologies and Hospitality he has developed a keen understanding of service businesses and fostering positive customer relationships. Jake has a degree in Management and Marketing, a Certificate in Business Systems Analysis and a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology. He enjoys continued education in Economics, Physics, Ecology, Environmental Management and Politics as well as Rock Climbing, Running, Photography and Guitar amongst a myriad of hobbies that keep him active and passionate about life.
Jake has selected only experienced and knowledgeable tour guides to help him provide the high level of service he strives to achieve himself. His team are instilled with the same commitment to providing excellence in service and ensuring that every customer has the best possible experience.
Mathew Abbey – Partner/Senior Guide
Mathew has over 12 years experience in the wine industry working in Cellar Doors, Vineyards and Wineries – he joined NZ Wine Tours in 2015 and became a Partner in 2016. For the last 6 years Mathew has been settled in Central Otago and has fallen in love with the world famous Pinot Noir from this region. Mathew regularly travels, to various wine regions around the world, and to visit his family in the UK. He is an avid fan of all wines, especially Californian Reds and Bordeaux. During his time off Mathew enjoys the regions stunning golf courses as well as the local mountain bike trails and you may see him down at Atlas enjoying a local craft beer.