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‘Best of the Locals’ wine tour

‘Best of the Locals’ wine tour

NZ $349 per person

This is the boutique wine tour sampling wines among the vines that you’ve always dreamed of! We’ve planned an epic array of Central Otago’s finest for this full-day tour that will no doubt delight your senses! And to make it better, you’ll be supporting only the region’s finest local winemakers and food artisans!

Four boutique wine tastings:

Aurum Wines

Aurum Tasting Room

We’ve gone overboard to secure exclusive access to some of the regions’ best wineries, vineyards and winemakers. You’ll visit, Coxs’ Vineyard, Mondillo, Misha’s Tasting Room and Aurum Wines, which are small boutique wineries that you wouldn’t necessarily find yourself. At each beautiful location, you’ll sample multi-award winning wines and learn directly from the folks who do the hard-yards to make the world’s best Pinot Noir, Rose and Aromatic White Wines.

Check out the Tour Plan section above for more details about the great wineries you’ll be visiting.

Pinot Noir Harvest

Pinot Noir Harvest at Coxs’

Amazing picnic lunch hamper full of artisan delights!:

This amazing tour doesn’t stop there – for lunch you’ll tuck into an outstanding gourmet picnic hamper, full of locally sourced and produced delights, including Zamora meats, Gibbston Valley and Whitestone Cheeses, homemade dips, crackers, breads, fruits and nuts. These goodies are assembled from the regions’ best boutique producers, further supporting the Central Otago locals.



Misha's Tasting Room

Misha’s Vineyard Tasting Room Cromwell

Mondillo Pinot Noir

Mondillo Pinot Noir

There has never been a better time to visit the region. So come see, smell and taste the pick of the bunch with us. This boutique wine tour sits very closely to our hearts and we can’t wait to show you around our beautiful wine region and introduce you to the talented and hard working locals behind the delights!

Please Note:

This tour only has 6 spaces per day and will be offered for a LIMITED TIME ONLY.  

 


11 Reviews
  • Departure/Return Location
    Queenstown/Arrowtown
  • Departure Time
    10:00am
  • Return Time
    5:30pm (approx)
  • Dress Code
    Tidy Casual, Comfortable shoes recommended. Out of consideration to other guests, please refrain from wearing strong cologne/perfume.
  • Included
    Bottled Water
    Expert Guide
    Free Wifi on board
    Lunch
    Snacks on board

Tour Plan

1
Pick-up from your place

We will collect you at 10:00 am and take a 30 minute drive out to Gibbston to the first vineyard of the day.
2
Coxs' Vineyard

Newcomers to Gibbston Valley, Simon and Leah have two young children and a beautiful 4ha vinyeard on the Back Road, as its known to the locals. The vineyard’s heritage is outstanding and with a few top awards already under its belt, this winery is one to get to know and watch it rise to stardom. Simon's plans to convert to Organics (along with some good old TLC) is sure to elevate its future harvests even more. Excellent vintages of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are already available to sample and showcase the region splendidly. With limited cases available these wines will sell out fast!

Coxs' Vineyard Tasting Room

Coxs' Tasting Room

Coxs' Vineyard

Simon & Leah

Coxs' Family Vineyard

Cox Family

3
Drive to Bendigo - 45m to 1h scenic drive.

Scenic Stops

Roaring Meg in the Kawarau Gorge

World-renowned for its beauty, this drive is one of the most spectacular 45 minutes you can spend on a NZ road. The trip sidles through the epic Kawarau Gorge, past snow-capped mountains, raging rivers, picturesque lakes, and country towns. Take in the stunning landscapes of the south while your guide regales you with stories of Central Otago from the past and present.
4
Mondillo Wines

Dominic and Ally Mondillo were some of the first to plant grapes in the now-famed winegrowing region of Bendigo. They have been producing some of the most consistently good Pinot Noir, Riesling and Rose the region has to offer ever since. Dominic is the winemaker and tends to his own vines, selecting only the best quality grapes to showcase the premium Mondillo label – presumably making Ally’s job selling the wine quite easy, until they run out of wine each year! Dominic will share his award-winning Rose, outstanding Pinot Noir and Riesling for us to taste over lunch.

Mondillo Harvest

Mondillo Harvest

Dom and Ally

Dominic & Ally Mondillo

Mondillo Vineyard

Mondillo Vineyard

5
Gourmet Picnic Lunch from Charlie (enjoyed at Mondillo Wines)

Mondillo has both indoor and outdoor dining options so you can get the best of the view without the winter chills! For lunch, local gal Charlie lovingly prepares beautiful gourmet picnic hampers full of the region's finest delights, including meats from Zamora - The Meat Preachers, Cheeses from Gibbston Valley and Whitestone, home-made dips, seed crackers and breads, along with fresh local fruits and nuts. These can be adapted to suit most dietary requirements, including gluten free. Please let us know if you have any allergies when booking.
6
Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room

Misha is a lady chasing perfection and accepts nothing less than the best for her wines. Their rugged, 57ha, frost-free vineyard overlooking lake Dunstan was planted in the early 2000s. Under world class winemaker Olly Masters, Misha's produces a full range of aromatic white wines along-side their award winning Pinot Noir. Misha's is rated one of the top 20 wineries in NZ!

Misha's Vineayrd Bendigo

Misha's Vineyard

Misha and Andy Wilkinson

Misha and Andy

Misha's Tasting Room

Misha's Tasting Room

7
Aurum Wines

Started by Tony and Joan Lawrence over 20 years ago, Aurum Wines embodies the essence of a Central Otago boutique family owned winery. The outstanding wines are now made by the second generation of Lawrences, Lucy and Brook Lawrence (along with their two daughters), and you will not find a family more dedicated to their craft. They produce award-winning Pinot Noir, along with an excellent range of aromatic white wines. With their tasting room situated in a lovely historic cottage, this inter-generational organic estate also produces beautiful olive oil and organic unfiltered honey, the perfect delights to cap off your visit.

Aurum Vineyard

Aurum Vineyard

Lucie & Brook

Lucie and Brook

8
Return to your place

After the final tasting of the day, we will return through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown and get you back in time for dinner. We're pretty relaxed about our timing, so if you've got something you need to be back in time for, just let us know.

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Remarkables Mountains - Queenstown



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Hazel Harrison
Hazel Harrison
2020-06-15T05:34:53+0000
If you are looking for a small friendly local NZ tour then Jake and his team are it. We had an amazing time with Jake, he is so knowledgeable and great fun to be with. We were spoilt and Jake takes the time to get to know your taste and... gives great recommendations. Support a NZ Business !!read more
Vince Whelan
Vince Whelan
2020-03-04T07:11:21+0000
We’ve had Liz three times now and she’s a fantastic guide 😎👍
Toby Trapp
Toby Trapp
2019-08-20T05:34:12+0000
Jake was amazing and his knowledge of the area and of wines is first class. a must do for wine lovers and foodies.
Ada Dawes
Ada Dawes
2019-07-23T10:03:04+0000
We had the best wine tour with Jake! He is very knowledgeable, friendly and absolutely passionate about wine! We visited 2 wonderful wineries pre-selected as well with food pairing. Throughout the day Jake was able to pick out our wine... preferences and we visited two other wineries that were suited to our tastes. We absolutely loved it and would recommend! We were also lucky enough to have the whole wine tour to ourselves! Thank you so much Jake!read more
Pamela Dor
Pamela Dor
2019-06-10T05:08:20+0000
What a great day! Thanks for looking after us Liz and teaching us all things wine we never knew. Amazing and wonderful day. My father in law will be talking about you and the tour for years. The 3 Ps .. Pam, Pete & Pete.
Dana Scully
Dana Scully
2019-05-09T06:42:33+0000
If you’re looking for a Queenstown/Central Otago wine tour, look no further than NEW ZEALAND WINE TOURS with Jake Tippler! By far it’s the best wine tour I’ve ever experienced. Food and wine pairing in Chard’s cellar, lunch with an... award winning chef, behind the scenes cellars, and of course wine tasting—in a small group setting while getting heaps of info about wine, pairing, Otago, Queenstown and more!! Loved it and look forward to doing it again!!https://nzwinetours.co.nzread more
Liz Amott
Liz Amott
2018-10-01T17:39:17+0000
Fantastic wine tour, I took the Degustation tour, informative, no waiting around to be served in cellar doors as the tour guide could serve and talk about the wine! Matt took us to a barrel hall at the first winery for a sensory food and... wine match and onto lunch for a wonderful food and wine matching experience. Two other local wineries to finish off the wonderful central Otago tour. I highly recommend!read more
Craig Smith
Craig Smith
2018-08-27T08:12:18+0000
What I LOVED about this tour was the personal touch !. Liz asked what we like to drink and then tailored the tour to the groups taste !!. By passing this winery for another because she KNEW that the other winery was serving more of this... type than that type of wine. The food was excellent and the explanations were succinct and even for a layman , easy to understand. I would highly recommend without hesitation this tour. It's a little bit more expensive but max it's only 8 people, so more intimate than the 15 or 20 people tours that the competition offer. Add to this the knowledge and personal touch added by the expert staff.. Soooo worth the extra few bucks you pay . 6 out of 5 stars... !read more
Lisa West
Lisa West
2018-07-05T21:30:11+0000
We had a fantastic day out with Liz, she has great knowledge of wine and the region! Highly recommend New Zealand Wine Tours if you want to try some great regional wines.
Karen Bulluss
Karen Bulluss
2017-11-10T05:42:06+0000
Had a wonderful day with Jake in the Otago region. He was very knowledgeable about wine and the region. A fabulous day. Highly recommended!
Gareth Finch
Gareth Finch
2017-02-05T02:45:10+0000
Great wine tour. Matt has excellent knowledge of the local and larger central Otago area and all things wine related. He hand picked our wine destinations for the day based on our likes. Very highly recommend to all wine enthusiasts ... (or amateurs like us).read more
Thomas McLean
Thomas McLean
2016-10-28T06:00:21+0000
Chrissy Marshall
Chrissy Marshall
2016-06-07T23:02:09+0000
Such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Queenstown. Matthew was amazing! The vineyards selected were wonderful and we learnt so much on the way. Would definitely recommend this as a way to do wine tasting - intimate, personalised and... great service!read more
Rod Cumming
Rod Cumming
2016-04-12T04:07:00+0000
This is our 2nd time with Jake and New Zealand Wine Tours. Outstanding in every way. Jake's knowledge of the Central Otago region is first class. The vehicle is fabulous, and he catered to one or two special requests. When we return (and... we will), we are using New Zealand Wine Tours again.read more
Steve Rassmussen
Steve Rassmussen
2015-09-26T10:11:33+0000
On our resent trip to the South island of NZ had a great wine tour with guide Jake and fantastic other tourists. Excellent food and wine. Many thanks, see you next trip.
Imogen Cowan
Imogen Cowan
2015-07-07T14:21:30+0000
Touring the South Island's pristine wine region with Jake was outstanding! Everything was organised to perfection. Jake understood our personal tastes and catered to suit accordingly. With his rich knowledge and wonderful sense of humour,... there was never a dull moment.This tour was one of the highlights of my Queenstown trip... As airport customs will see also, when they uncover five new bottles of wine in my travel case! I'd recommend this tour above any other. My partner and I relished every moment. We are both eagerly awaiting our next journey with Jake.- Imogen & Edward⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read more
Michael Green
Michael Green
2015-07-07T04:52:12+0000
Great experience! Jake and Liz were fantastic hosts - their love and passion for wine sets the mood for a really fun and informative day out. And pretty decent bang for your buck on the degustation tour - great wines and the pairing of... food was simply brilliant!!read more
Rachael Bermingham
Rachael Bermingham
2015-03-05T04:39:49+0000
Pros: Small groups (max 6). Great driver / guide / guru (Jake). Wonderful cellar door experiences. Fun testing at the Aroma Room. Fabulous lunch at The Nose. Incredible scenery en route including part of the Crown Range Road and THE bungy... jump bridge. Water grapes and chocolates on board. Pick up and drop off at hotel.Cons: Are you kidding?One of the best days we've had in NZ. Thank you Jake and fellow trippers!read more
Katie Heane
Katie Heane
2014-11-09T11:06:53+0000
Amazing day,
Lisa Crawford
Lisa Crawford
2014-07-29T06:03:20+0000
Do yourself a favor and book a day if wine tasting with Jake. He is knowledgeable, entertaining, and tailors every tour to make sure you hit the wineries you will like. Do not miss this great day full of laughter and info on wine and the... region it comes from.read more
Catherine Connor
Catherine Connor
2014-07-29T05:37:47+0000
Matt Spade
Matt Spade
2014-06-15T18:38:04+0000
Lee Eliott
Lee Eliott
2014-05-27T02:22:57+0000
Jake not only takes you on a tour but he educates you along the way.. fascinating stuff and most enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour!
Linda Herd
Linda Herd
2014-04-12T05:40:58+0000
Thanks for a great tour Jake! Your knowledge and passion for wine was incredible! I will certainly recommend you to any friends heading to the area.
Miira Jaffray Murphy
Miira Jaffray Murphy
2014-01-16T20:06:45+0000
Kathryn Morrow
Kathryn Morrow
2013-09-16T07:41:16+0000
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