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“Novel idea, fun experience.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Winery

The Winery
14 Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand (Formerly Wine Tastes - New Zealand Wine Experience)
+64 3-409 2226
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Ranked #9 of 96 things to do in Queenstown
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Owner description: The Winery is the largest tasting of New Zealand's best wines in the world . . . . taste over 80 wines in one place. There's no need for hours of travel to visit a few local wineries. The Winery is located right in the centre of Queenstown and is the only place where you can taste award winning, single vineyard and reserve wines sourced from boutique wineries across New Zealand. Choose the wines you taste; with the simple push of a button you can serve yourself either a taste, half or full glass. Over 700 wines are stocked so you can buy your favourite wines and ship them to over 30 countries with our door-to-door delivery service. Relax and unwind in the comfort of the leather lounge chairs as you enjoy award-winning local cheeses with delicious platters of salami's, breads and olive oils. 8 New Zealand, Scottish and Irish single malt Whisky's can also be tasted and the "Honey Hive" is a specialist Manuka honey store, all within The Winery.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Novel idea, fun experience.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

When we arrived we were given an overview of the shop/tasting method. The staff member was very nice but really flew through everything, and he never engaged with us again.

Overall, we had a very nice time wandering about sampling the wines. We had $30 on our cards so the sampling amounts were subtracted which was a great way to limit spending. We managed to sample a lot of wines for $30 each and enjoyed using the machines themselves. There were a lot of photo opportunities.

The tasting experience did make me a little self conscious as I felt a bit like I was in a shop being watched by (albeit very nice) staff. The room itself is very dark so I'd recommend going there in the evening rather than during the day. Having no bathroom (bathroom in the food court next door) also feels a bit strange as the venue itself is SO much nicer than the food court.

My only real disappointment though was the lack of cheaper food options. My partner got a lot of lovely olives for around only $5 but there was nothing for me (I don't like olives) for under $14. Even just being able to buy some fresh grapes or rice crackers would have really improved my experience here.

Visited September 2013
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“Should rank among restaurants..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Order an outstanding cheese platter, and then go to town sipping, slurping or sifting through an amazing array of local and international wines. What seems a novelty at first, quickly becomes an understandably sensible way to expose your pallet to as many different tastes as possible. This concept will catch on quicky globally, no doubt.

Visited September 2013
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“What an outstanding concept”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

While I expect it is also elsewhere, as the system wouldn't be cheap, it is my first time seeing or experiencing wine tasting this way. More like an upmarket liquor store when you walk in but then an understanding that it is something different with a few couches and sitting area. The place has 90 something wines where you 'sample' small, medium or large serving using a swipe card to activate the wine pour and add your spending experience to the card. Each wine is separately priced according to its value and tasting notes accompany most wines. All are said to be at their perfect drinking temperature. To keep it simple, wines are arranged into their variety groups eg pinots together as are chardonnays in a group etc. As well as wines, there are some whiskies and other choices to sample. It is neither cheap nor expensive but a fun and enjoyable way to explore NZ and Aussie wines plus a bit more without the hassle of driving. Wine sales are available by bottle and shipping, at your expense, can be arranged. Something to consider doing with friends prior to dinner together or on that day when wives are shopping or snow fields are closed!

Visited August 2013
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Tatura, Australia
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“Great for Groups”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Four trips to Queenstown - four visits to Wine Tastes. Comfortable, relaxing and an easy way to taste a great variations of wine. Cute little bits to buy and take home also. Highly recommend!

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great range of wines!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Had to try these wines. It's a little expensive per sample but worth it. I loved the calm ambiance inside. Was a very good experience. I had the bread tasting plate which was very bland but the wine makes up for it. Had about 4 samples for $10 which is around 25ml I think each.

Visited August 2013
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