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“Great afternoon” 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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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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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Great afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our Boutique wine tour. Our guide Paul was very knowledgable & friendly. The 4 wineries we visited were great and lunch at Carrick was a highlight, an amazing platter we ate outside on the terrace. This tour is a fantastic way to see the surrounding area and wineries without having to drive. It's good value too.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Wonderful afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

By the time we got to Queenstown, we had enjoyed a few wine tours already and it was the end of our trip. We weren't really looking forward to another one. Our guide Philip arrived on time, which is always a plus. Philip was very informative and interesting. We realized that each tour is customized to what you enjoy drinking. We went to some wonderful winneries. Travelling around we got to see alot of the countryside and just sat back and enjoying learning more about the area. Really enjoying the different tasting, but the lunch was just perfect,eating outside overlooking the vineyards on a beautiful sunny afternoon, I could have stayed all day! This was one of our favourite wine tours because it was so personal. Phillip even stopped so my sister in law could get a picture of the sheep, now that's accomodating.

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“Really nice way to spend a day. We enjoyed our tour guide, Ian.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

Overall, we thought it was a great way to spend a day and would highly recommend it for wine lovers. Good mix of wineries visited and a delicious lunch. Our tour guide, Ian, was great and taught us a lot about the area and the wines.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2010

I booked this as a solo outing during a quick weekend in Queenstown in the middle of a long business trip. I was looking for a way to see a bit of the countryside, sample some good wine, and relax. It was the right combination of all three and the perfect way to spend the afternoon. The groups are kept small, the vineyards were great, and lunch delicious. Wendy, an owner of the business and our tour guide, had that winning combination - she was quite knowledgeable about wine and the region and was extremely personable. All in all, a great experience.

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“Fantastic Wine Tour - Really different wine experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

I booked this wine tour with a group of friends and this was definitely one of the best parts of our trip. I've been on a few wine tours before, but this one was really different in that we got to participate in a "wine adventure" at one of the wineries. We got to watch an interactive movie about the region and sample wines from each vineyard at the same time. The group really loved this along with the "scent" room where you get to sample different smells you get from different wines. Our driver, Ian, was great as well. Very personable and told us a lot about the area as we drove through the region. He even took us to one of his favorite smaller wineries, and when we tasted the wine we knew why he liked it so much. I would recommend doing the full day tour as you get to sample a lot of wines from different vineyards and the lunch they serve is really great as well. This was also a great value for the money - much cheaper than most of the wine tours I've been on, but offered a lot more than most tours offer.
I also have to add how accomodating this company is. I had booked with a group in advance, but due to other circumstances, I had to change around the dates and the number of people a few times. They really worked with me to try to accomodate my situation and even got us a private tour. They truely know the meaning of great customer service.

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