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A Waipara Wine Experience with Giles Tours, includes wine tastings and lunch provided by Giles Tours

A Waipara Wine Experience with Giles Tours, includes wine tastings and lunch

A Waipara Wine Experience with Giles Tours, includes wine tastings and lunch
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
6
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    5h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    6
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 221590P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Entry/Admission - Pegasus Bay Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Greystone Wines
  • Entry/Admission - Torlesse Wines
  • Entry/Admission - Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove
Duration
5h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • I can pick you up from any central Christchurch Hotel or Airbnb but we will need to agree on a time and place by email please.
  • 8A Mona Vale Avenue, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand 8A is just the nearest street address - please meet on the other side of the road - near Trevino's Bar - there is plenty of on-street parking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This is an an over 18 only tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Wine tasting
  • Entry/Admission - Pegasus Bay Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Greystone Wines
  • Entry/Admission - Torlesse Wines
  • Entry/Admission - Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • I can pick you up from any central Christchurch Hotel or Airbnb but we will need to agree on a time and place by email please.
  • 8A Mona Vale Avenue, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand 8A is just the nearest street address - please meet on the other side of the road - near Trevino's Bar - there is plenty of on-street parking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This is an an over 18 only tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: May 12, 2022
A note from A Waipara Wine Experience with Giles Tours, includes wine tastings and lunch
Canterbury is currently under a Covid 19 orange (amber) alert. Venues are open but you may be required to "sign in" and wear a mask in indoor public areas of the wineries. All our drivers are fully vaccinated.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    8A Mona Vale Avenue
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Pegasus Bay Winery
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Greystone Wines
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Torlesse Wines
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Ruth L
Christchurch, New Zealand36 contributions
Jan 2020
I arranged this day out as a birthday present crossed with some get to know you time for my mother and my partner's mother, and it was an absolute hit. Giles took us to Pegasus Bay first which is beautiful, and we tried 12 wines between us; Sauvignon Semillion 2017, Chardonnay 2017, Pinot Noir 2016, Merlot Cabernet 2016, Maestro 2015, Bel Canto Riesling 2017, Riesling 2016, Muscat 2016, Aria Riesling 2016 (my personal favourite of the day), Encore Noble Riesling 2016 and their Gewurztraminer 2017. Giles has a great rapport with the wineries and not only was this really obvious from the minute we arrived, but it also benefited us as they let us have a taste of their Aged Riesling 2009, which is not available through their cellar door.

The next stop was Greystone. This winery is pretty understated but they have a great selection of wines to choose from. We tried another 8 wines here; their Greystone Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Chardonnay 2017, Pinot Gris 2018, Nor’wester Pinot Noir 2017, Pinot Noir 2017 and Muddy Water Chardonnay 2016, Pinot Noir 2017, and Pinotage 2017. Also on Giles's recommendation, we bought a bottle of the Pétillant Naturel 2019, which did not disappoint!

Torlesse was up next, and I have to admit, the fantastic lunch spread was very much needed by this point, as we all had a great buzz after the first winery! Over lunch we tasted 10 wines; the Torlesse Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Pinot Gris 2018, Verdelho 2019, Albarino 2017, Pinot Noir 2016, Rose 2019, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 and Omihi Road Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Pinot Gris 2017 and Pinot Noir 2011. We finished off this stop with 2 unexpected tastings, the Torlesse Tawny 10 Year 1991-8, which was beautiful and the Torlesse Cassis, which was a delicious way to finish.

Our final stop was Terrace Edge where we tasted 6 wines; their Albarino 2019, Pinot Gris 2018, Pinot Noir 2016, Syrah 2018, Liquid Geography Riesling 2018 and their Rose 2019. The extra bonus at Terrace Edge was their beautiful cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is not to be missed.

Throughout the trip Giles imparted a lot of his extensive knowledge on wine, the land it's grown on, the history of the area and kept us thoroughly interested and entertained. Thankfully, he's also great at picking up on social queues and he was quiet on the drive back so we all got some well needed snooze time!

I highly recommend Giles and his wine tours, and I'd absolutely go again. A+++
Written March 29, 2020
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Paulachchnz
1 contribution
Jan 2022
This was my second wine tour with Giles. I enjoyed the first one so much I organised another group recently. Again it was well run with a very knowledgeable host. All vineyards we visited offered high quality wines for us to sample (and purchase). Lunch was a wonderful selection of foods at a beautiful sheltered outdoor setting. Giles provides a comfortable vehicle and provides commentary on the various features relating to wine growing as we travelled between the vineyards. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys their wine and who wants to be educated into the various varieties that feature in North Canterbury. It was an enjoyable days outing.
Written February 9, 2022
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GilesTours
Thanks Paula - looking forward to your next tour with us!
Written February 9, 2022
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Dave
3 contributions
Feb 2020
Giles is a very knowledgeable, thoughtful, and friendly guide who taught us quite a lot about the Waipara Wineries we visited and the local area. He is an excellent driver, and we had no issues at all with the tour.

Each of the wineries he took us to had a little something special and unique, which is why Giles picked them for the stops on the tour. The lunch platter at Torlesse was beautiful as well.

Would highly recommend Giles and his tour to anyone wanting to experience Waipara, whether you've been to these wineries before or not. All of the wines were excellent, and Giles takes it just that one step above to make the tour truly standout.
Written February 16, 2020
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MadeyeNZ76
Christchurch, New Zealand299 contributions
Amazing tour, totally different to a wine tour we did in Queenstown in the sense this is guided and everything is included rather than the hop on and off bus that we did in Queenstown where we paid for the transport and then had to pay at each winery.

Giles has a huge amount of knowledge not only on the wines you get to taste but the local area and the process of wine making in general.

Whilst booking this tour i accidentally phoned another tour operator and the difference in communication was massive. This is not just a job for Giles but his passion and i would highly recommend any looking for a fun day trip out of Christchurch to take.

Thank you for an enjoyable day out.

Andrew and Bjanka
Written January 20, 2022
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GilesTours
Thank you Andrew, You and Bianca were delightful company. - Giles
Written January 29, 2022
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Marc S
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico7 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Carole and I were part of a group of 6 on the tour on Saturday February 8. We didn’t know the other 4 people before the tour started but became fast friends as the day went on.
Giles picked us up promptly at 10:10 am and we returned after 4 pm. The pace was very relaxed and the van was quite comfortable. It’s about an hour’s drive from Downtown Christchurch to the wineries. They were a few minutes apart.
Giles was a perfect host. He has many years experience in the wine industry and gave us great insight into the wines we were tasting at each of the four family owned wineries. He chose four different wineries that represented the different wine growing subdivisions within Waipara Valley.
The 30 different wines we tasted were all unique and quite well made and delicious.
While all the wines were available for purchase at quite reasonable prices given the quality, there was no pressure to buy anything.
We had a lovely lunch at one of the wineries while tasting their wines.
This tour earns 5 stars!
Highly recommended.
Written February 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JoranDilucian
1 contribution
Feb 2020
Amazing, amazing, amazing!

So appreciative to go on a wine tour with someone who not only has an abundance of knowledge about the local region but wine overall! The tour is well crafted and set out to take in the best of the region and local fare.

Giles is not only a pleasure to converse with but is also super friendly. I highly recommend going on this tour and I know that anyone taking up this experience won't be disappointed.

Thanks again Giles. We had a great day!
Written March 10, 2020
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Alex C
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I had the privilege to enjoy two separate wine tours with Giles, one week apart. Giles was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to accommodate our requests. Would highly recommend Giles Tours to anyone looking for a fun day out at some of the best wineries Waipara has to offer.
Written January 5, 2020
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hungrymonkey139
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Jun 2020
First stop was at Pegasus Bay with 16 tastings (on our tour at least, whaaattt). Wine was delicious and beautiful location. Then we headed to Greystone for some more delicious vino, Torlesse for a tasty platter and incredible wine (including their famous port and Cassis liqueur). Last stop was at Terrace Edge for MORE wine (kind of the point) and some delicious local bread and olive oil. All of the wine was incredible, the winery owners lovely and passionate people and (most importantly) Giles is an incredible host. There were some other people on tours around us that seemed to be just left to it but Giles gave superb care of our group and shared some really interesting stories about the area without turning it into a complete history tour haha. Absolutely recommend!
Written June 30, 2020
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Joanya8025
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
Jun 2020
We enjoyed a fabulous day with Giles on his wine tasting tour. It was a wonderful warm day which helped and Giles is so knowledgeable about the wines the day went by really fast as we enjoyed his insights as we enjoyed the wines themselves. Overall a great trip thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Written September 23, 2020
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Julie W
14 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Thoroughly recommend this tour - Giles was very knowledge about wines and the Waipara Valley. Nice selection of wines and yummy platter for lunch.
Air con mini van for travel there and back with chance to chat to fellow travellers.
Written February 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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