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Appellation Central Wine Tours

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Address: Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 6920
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Join this award winning New Zealand Wine Tour Company and discover the...

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 12 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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Great afternoon

Had an afternoon to fill in while the boys were playing golf so decided to do a wine tour and were recommended Appellation. All I can say is great choice. Simon our driver was a... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2016
david c
Timaru, New Zealand

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Timaru, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 9, 2016

Had an afternoon to fill in while the boys were playing golf so decided to do a wine tour and were recommended Appellation. All I can say is great choice. Simon our driver was a great host. He was very friendly and had great local knowledge of both the area and the wines. We not only tasted was delightful wines... More 

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Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Edita our guide was very knowledgable - her areas of expertise covered history, geology, local mythology and of course oenology! She kept us entertained between tastings. The vineyards and wines we sampled and lunch we had were all well chosen and memorable. Ulrike and Fritz from Hawkshead particularly so!

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed December 11, 2015

Our guide, Philip Green, who has his WSET Wine Diploma from the UK, put together a comprehensive and information-packed one-day tour of Central Otago for our group of wine lovers from San Diego, including Burgundy fans and members of the Chevaliers du Tastevin. Our stops: Amisfield, Carrick, Peregrine, Carrick (for lunch), Aurum (a wonderful boutique started in 1997 by Joan... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 26, 2015

Just your ordinary, friendly New Zealanders taking tourists to small genuine family run vineyards. It was a very pleasant day, sampling some blends and grape varieties I had never heard of before. Fascinating, informative and no fuss or forced to purchase. The lunch spread was also simple and tasty with a wide ranging antipasto of local produce. A lovely day... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed November 10, 2015

Our guide Martin was excellent. He knows the area and offered lots of information about the history, culture, flora and fauna as well as the wines which made the tour more fun. The antipasto lunch was perfect with paired wines.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 30, 2015

Not being "wine buffs" we were a teensy bit apprehensive about the others who'd share the experience. However, from the moment the friendly, knowledgeable guide, Paul picked up our fellow travellers we were hooked!! Americans, Australians and us from Dunedin. All four wineries had their own special things to remember - each one different but such fun. The delicious food... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 26, 2015

I would like to give a huge compliment to this wine tour which I enjoyed immensely. The tour date was 25 October and our tour guide was Simon. it was my first time to come to Queenstown and Simon has told us lots of things about Queenstown's winery, not only about wine but also information on Queenstown which was interesting... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed October 18, 2015

Did a 1/2 day tour with Appellation. They were terrific and accommodating to my requests. I had done another wine tour the day before and they made arrangements for me to visit other wineries that I had not visited. The driver and guide was terrific. Highly recommend them.

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Reviewed October 16, 2015

From someone who has never done wine tasting before and who doesn't particularly like Pinot Noir, I can safely say it was an interesting and enjoyable tour. Four vineyards, each offering 4 - 6 samples. We were picked up by the tour minibus from our hotel by our guide who knowledgably helped us through the tastings and who obviously had... More 

2 Thank Kay C
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Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

We booked via email with Lis to cater to our preferences on what we'd like to taste. Martin our guide was fantastic. He was relaxed and knowledgeable on both the local region and the wineries we visited which made for a lovely afternoon discovering new wines. Would definitely recommend.

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