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“Happy Hour(s)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Appellation Central Wine Tours

Appellation Central Wine Tours
52 Adamson Drive, Queenstown 9248, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0246
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$139*
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Ranked #45 of 202 Activities in Queenstown
Type: Tours, Food & Drink
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Owner description: Join this award winning New Zealand Wine Tour Company and discover the wines, history and sights of Central Otago, New Zealand's premier cool climate wine region.Appellation Central's small group wine tours depart daily from Queenstown. An absolute maximum of 11 adults per tour and experienced guides ensure a fun day out in wine country. You will learn about wine appreciation, taste some of the region's great wines, enjoy a delightful gourmet platter lunch and visit the historic town of Old Cromwell. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 Appellation Central Wine Tours have won the Great Wine Capitals national award for Wine Tourism Services and in 2012 won the International Best of Wine Tourism award for Wine Tourism Services.
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Solihull, England, United Kingdom
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“Happy Hour(s)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our first wine tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. Guide Penny was friendly, chirpy and knowledgeable. Each of the four wineries had different aspects to recommend them and helpful staff. Wine selections were excellent as was lunch at Carrick. Especially enjoyed Mt Rosa where Guy was a breath of fresh air! Would definitely recommend.

Visited February 2014
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Connecticut
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135 reviews 135 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Educational and Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We did the boutique tour with Stef. She was a joy to spend the day with and an expert in all areas of grape growing and wine production. She was witty, informative and the afternoon flowed beautifully. We visited 4 wineries and tasted 4 or 5 wines at each site. There was a wide selection between the wineries. One was a small producer, one was organic, one was large producer and my favorite was in a sheep shearing shed. The tour is scenic and lunch was superb.

Visited March 2014
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Durango, Colorado
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17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Nice wine and excellent tour guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This was the first wine tour we have taken where the guide was so actively involved. Frequently, all they do is drive. Richard' s expertise added so much to the day. We took the half day tour with lunch included. We visited four wineries ranging from very large to tiny. The lunch at Carrick was very good and we particularly liked the Carrick and Domain Road Pinot Noirs. The weather was very poor and it was nice to have a Queenstown activity that wasn't dependent on the outdoor weather.

Visited March 2014
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Washington, DC
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“Great Afternoon in Central Otago Wine Region”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Appellation Central’s wine tour to the Central Otago region was great. The tour guide/host was excellent and very accommodating. His commentary about the wine and the region was informative and interesting. We visited a total of four wineries and had an antipasto lunch at Carrick. This was a mid-day starting tour that managed to include lunch and 4 wineries- well done and very good value for the money.

Visited March 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A fine experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Firstly, congrats to Guide Penny for her ability to multi task with panache. She provided great info about the Gibbston Valley region and the Bannockburn area. Her perspective gave an added dimension to the info also given from the various wineries. Because I now understand some more about this wonderful area of Otago I am very keen to come back and see/learn more.
I think it was a good idea (or was it a happy accident?) to go to a 'diverse' range of wineries and meet the individuals involved with them. It also makes a difference to see people closely involved with the winemaking - to understand a bit about their passion and drive when they ask us to taste their wine. When staff are not from the production the difference is there. But such as with Carrick, Penny spoke to us about the wines and she did a good job but if a winery (such as with Carrick wineries) want me to purchase wine they may want to not be too busy to meet us in future.
I would recommend this wine tour - it was a wonderful afternoon. And travelling solo, it was great to meet others.

Visited March 2014
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