‘Meet the Locals’ Tour
This is a day among the vines, sampling wines, that you’ve always dreamed of – an epic array of Central Otago’s finest! It will no doubt delight your taste buds as well as blow your mind!
For this tour, we’ve hand-picked 4 of the best locally owned and operated wineries to show-case the elegance, beauty and amazing tastes’ that our world-class wine region is known for.
We’ve gone overboard in this offering and secured exclusive access to some of the regions’ best wineries, vineyards and undivided winemaker attention, which believe us, is very hard to lock down! 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 worlds best Pinot Noir. Take a look through the Tour Plan above to find out about the wineries and the families behind them that you’ll be supporting!
And It doesn’t stop there; for lunch you’ll get to sample a 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, further supporting a range of artisinal producers from Central Otago.
There has never been a better time to visit the region, so why not come see, smell and taste the pick of the bunch with us. This tour sits very closely to our hearts and we can’t wait to show you around our beautiful wine region!
This tour only has 6 spaces per day and will be offered for a LIMITED TIME ONLY (and this amazing deal will not be repeated).
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Dress CodeTidy Casual, Comfortable shoes recommended.
IncludedBottled WaterExpert GuideFree Wifi on boardLunchNo Hidden CostsSnacks on board
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.
New-comers 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 it’s belt, this winery is one to get to know and watch it rise to stardom. Simon intends to make it even better with a conversion to Organics along with some classic blood, sweat and tears. He has a couple of excellent vintages of his Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir to sample that showcase the region very nicely. With limited cases available these wines will sell out fast!
Drive to Bendigo - 45m - 1h Scenic drive.
This drive is perhaps one of the most spectacular 45 minutes of driving in NZ - world-renowned for it's beauty. The trip takes us sidling through the epic Kawarau Gorge, past snow-capped mountains, raging rivers, picturesque lakes and country towns. Take in the stunning scenery of the south while your guide regales you with the stories of Central Otago from the past and present.
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, a winemaker himself, tends to his own vines, selecting only his best quality grapes to showcase the Mondillo label – so, Ally’s job selling the wine is presumably 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
Gourmet Picnic Lunch from Charlie (eaten at Mondillo)
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 regions 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.
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 teamed with world class winemaker Olly Masters 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!
Started by Tony and Joan Laurence 20+ years ago, Aurum Wines is the quintessential Central Otago boutique winery, with outstanding wines made by Lucy and Brook Lawrence (and sometimes their two daughters). Situated in a lovely historic cottage this intergenerational organic estate also produces beautiful olive oil and organic unfiltered honey TO DIE FOR!
Return to your place
After the final tasting of the day we will return thorough the beautiful Kawarau Gorge and through to Queenstown to 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 then please let us know.
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