No trip to Queenstown is complete without visiting one of the 75 wineries in the area. Producing a wide range of wine varieties, the region showcases some of New Zealand's very best wines, including world famous Central Otago Pinot Noir. There are a number of award-winning wineries in the area with international reputations for excellence.
Whether it's a long lunch at a winery or a wine trail stopping at the many cellar doors, experiencing the Central Otago wineries is an absolute must! Below we outline what we believe are the best vineyards in Queenstown and surrounds.
Amisfield - Queenstown's premier winery, Amisfield, is the perfect spot for a long lunch or dinner with friends. Set back from Lake Hayes, surrounded by mountains, the unique scene set here is one you won't forget. Roaring fires inside the iconic stone building make Amisfield the perfect destination in winter, while the stunning courtyard with mountain views is a fabulous place to enjoy a wine and some of the bistro's internationally acclaimed cuisine over the summer months.
Gibbston Valley - Gibbston Valley is the ultimate venue. It offers wine tastings at the cellar door, New Zealand's largest wine cave, a restaurant, cafe and vintner's kitchen. For a unique experience a tour of the wine cave is an absolute must. In summer the vineyard plays host to a summer concert. The restaurant focuses on the use of fresh local produce with a Mediterranean flair.
Peregrine - The award-winning architecture of Peregrine Winery needs to be seen to be believed. Evoking the wings of a falcon, the unique structure fits seamlessly into the rugged landscapes. The cellar door, located beneath the enchanting building, is complete with floor to ceiling windows through to the barrel hall, offering an exclusive view in fitting with the reputation Peregrine has established for its iconic wines.
Carrick - Located in the heart of Bannockburn, Carrick Winery is a magical boutique venue. Incorporating local produce to match its wonderful wines, dining here is a unique experience. In summer the views over the Bannockburn outlet are simply spectacular. Carrick Winery is the ideal summer spot!
Terra Sancta - There is an alluring quality to Terra Sancta that is simply divine. Available only by appointment, the vineyard staff offer in-depth guided tours of the vineyard. Wander around this charming vineyard and you will not only fall in love but walk away with a wealth of knowledge, and quite possibly a bottle or two of one of their celebrated wines.
Rippon - The exceptional beauty of Rippon Hall, in which the cellar door is located, is otherworldly. With breathtaking views over Lake Wanaka, the striking architecture of the building is worth the visit in itself. The dedicated tasting room is open 11-5 from December through to April, while in January and February picnic lunches are available in the vineyard.
Edgar Rise - The perfect location, just 500 metres from town, this quiet and sunny luxury property is perfectly positioned for enjoying Queenstown's attractions. It has a spacious living room and well-equipped kitchen. An extensive deck runs the length of the apartment which enables you to enjoy fabulous outside living and dining.
Wanaka Villa - A luxury villa that is part of Heritage Village Country Resort, a unique complex offering luxury accommodation in Wanaka. Set amongst five acres of parkland and surrounded by mountainous landscapes you can relax by the fire on your patio or utilize the many guest facilities.
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