Central Otago Wine Tours Queenstown
by JakeT April 16, 2015

With winter fast approaching try out this excellent white wine recipe from Martha Stewart.


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by JakeT September 17, 2014

SPOILER: Unless you are asthmatic – it’s very unlikely it has any affect at all.
Read more here: http://i.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/drinks/10441464/If-you-re-asthmatic-wine-may-pose-a-risk

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by JakeT June 27, 2014

Hawkes Bay Syrah Tastings


Hawkes Bay is located on the eastern coast of the North Island and experiences some of the highest heat accumulation in the country. Hawkes Bay’s climate has been described as almost perfect for growing Syrah, and the Hawkes Bay Winegrowers Inc describe syrah as “the most exciting wine produced in the Hawkes Bay”. Hawkes Bay has a total winegrowing area of 4947ha, of which 34% […]

by JakeT June 7, 2014

Seresin ‘Leah’ Pinot Noir Vertical.




For this flight we tasted six Seresin ‘Leah’ Pinot Noirs from the 2005 – 2010 vintages. The purpose of the flight was to examine seasonal variation and ageing characteristics of wine. All the wines were made almost identically by winemaker Clive Dougall, who believes that wines should be an expression of time and place, and achieves this through minimalist intervention winemaking

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by JakeT May 28, 2014

The Riesling Challenge!


Riesling ChallengeThe Riesling challenge was initiated in 2010 to exemplify the influence winemakers have in processing grapes into wine. The challenge was taken up by 12 leading New Zealand winemakers, who each received 4 tonnes of identical grapes, picked on the same day, from the same site (Mud House Glasnevin Rd block, Waipara) and distributed evenly from each part of the vineyard. Each winemaker […]

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by JakeT February 19, 2014

With his recent acquisition of the Desert Heart vineyard on Felton Road in Bannockburn, actor Sam Neill has expanded the Two Paddocks estate to include all three major subregions in Central Otago. They now hold vineyards in Gibbston Valley, Cromwell Basin and the Alexandra Basin – the only winery to have this regional diversity in their vineyards.  


New Zealand Wine Tours wish Sam and the team at Two Paddocks all the best with their new vines and we look forward to trying their […]

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by JakeT January 10, 2014

Two North Canterbury vineyards are mourning the loss of their vines after they were accidentally sprayed with the wrong chemical. Although it is currently unknown what chemical was actually sprayed, the owners are blaming the mislabeling of a common insecticide for the problem. 

New Zealand Wine Tours is devastated at the loss of these innocent vines and our hearts go out to their surviving companions in the region. I would like to suggest a couple of one-off wines these vineyards could […]

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