Queenstown Wine Trail
Queenstown Wine Trail
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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Making wine personal.... Join Queenstown's original wine tour. Enjoy spectacular scenery, fascinating local history and more importantly taste some great wines,in particular our Pinot Noir. Tours depart daily from Queenstown all year round. Our guides have local knowledge and a great relationship with vineyard personal.Our tours are relaxed, personalised and visit a selection of boutique wineries. We keep our tours small and travelling time to a minimum, so there is plenty of time for you to sample fine wine, food and local cheeses whilst interacting with winery personnel. For those who prefer the exclusivity of a private guide and vehicle, we offer full and half day tours exploring the wine areas of Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn. Our Wine Tours can be combined with a Jet Boat ride, Helicopter flight or the ultimate relaxation package, try our spa and wine experience. We offer complimentary pick up and drop off from accommodation or central Queenstown
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TRCG
9 contributions
Jan 2023
Group of 6 (including children) had a GREAT time on our Food and Wine tour.
Angus was such a great guide and made our day extra special. The wineries were great, food and wine pairing was amazing at Kinross and the service from this company was exceptional!

The great customer service started even before the tour, Heather and Andrew were great at communicating with us and accommodating for the kids and dietary needs.

We highly recommend booking a tour with Queenstown Wine Trail... you won't regret it! Next time we visit, we'll be booking another personalised tour.

Thank you! xx
Written January 10, 2023
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Kelcey
1 contribution
May 2021 • Couples
If you are going to experience wines of this region this is the best way to explore different wineries. Lance was our very knowledgable (and fun!) tour guide, not only from a wine perspective but advise on other activities to do and see around Queenstown. We enjoyed a wonderful pairing of food and wine for our lunch, then headed off to a few other wineries, we highly recommend Wine Trails!
Written May 3, 2021
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Flavia MD
Brookvale, Australia76 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Had a wonderful afternoon doing this wine tour.
The guide (forgot his name but think it was Ed) was very knowledgeable, really lovely and as I can’t have red wines, he was always making sure the wineries knew about it so I could stick with the whites.
The food with matching wines at Kinross was delicious and overall a beautiful day. Oh and great wines as well 😊
Written July 23, 2022
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ShaneKerr
Auckland Central, New Zealand43 contributions
Feb 2020
Full day tour with Lance, great day. Loved chatting to Lance and not just about wine
Sampled some great wines, well curated choice of vineyards with lunch @ Mt Difficulty Wines. Food was very good and we had a perfect table with a terrific view
Great way to spend a day in the region
Written February 8, 2020
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We are happy you loved your tour. Thank you for reflecting this and we hope to see you again, perhaps on another tour as we have several to choose from.
Written February 9, 2020
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Foodieed
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Awesome private tour with Lance through the Bannockburn region. We visited five wineries, all of them markedly different from each other - a large estate, a husband and wife cellar door, a place that brings together several different vineyards together.
Included was a delicious winery lunch, transport and some great yarns along the way.
Would highly recommend.
Written October 22, 2020
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qwinetrail
Glad you took the full day tour enjoying the variety of Central Otago Wineries. It looks like you enjoyed the stories, the wine & the food. Thankyou for your review
Written December 11, 2020
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Simon Tyrrell
Grand Cayman8 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
My wife and our Aunty and uncle did the hop on hop off bus back in July. I can’t say enough positive things about this tour it’s a great option and allows you the freedom to see the vineyards you really wanted to see. Andrew was great and made the tour very easy and enjoyable, he was extremely flexible to what we wanted to see. I have done their original tour and that’s fantastic and well structured too for anyone wanting that option. Will definitely be back to do it again
Written September 8, 2020
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Hello and thank you for taking the time to review our tours. It seems you joined our Queenstown Wine Trail fully guided tour a while back and now you have come again to take a tour with Andrew on our Wine Hopper Bus. I'm glad you enjoyed this relaxed style of hopping on and off the bus at the wineries of your choice. You will know the wine area now having come with us twice but do come again as there is a wonderful selection of Wineries and Breweries out there now. Glad you and your family had fun. Thanks for coming.
Written September 10, 2020
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John M
Virginia Beach, VA29 contributions
Jan 2020
We were picked up at our hotel and shared the day with about 10 others. The driver was great and we visited a tasting center which represented a number of small vineyards and got to sample a variety of wines. After that stop we visited two other vineyards and thoroughly enjoyed each one! Although we had a rental car, this tour was an easy way to get a wonderful sample of the pinot noirs and other varietals grown here without having to drive!
Written February 12, 2020
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Noperian
Marlborough Region, New Zealand19 contributions
Jan 2016
During booking the trip, at a cost of $176 per person, we were asked to rendezvous at the Station Building in Queenstown "because of the heavy traffic on the road to Novotel" We agreed to do so and arrived at the pickup point, as stated on the booking receipt, at about 12.10pm. At 12:35pmm the hotel called me to ask when we would be back at the hotel to join the trip. Eventually it was agreed the minibus would come to the previously agreed pick up point so we could join the tour.

Once on the bus the driver, Peter explained that the tour involved visiting 2 wineries with lunch at the first. As the brochure didn't state the number of wineries to be visited, but did specify "lunch" I was somewhat surprised as the less costly "Original tour", priced at $155 per person, was stated to cover 4 wineries but specifically stated that lunch, available at one of them could be purchased at an additional cost at the winery.

We arrived, after 45 minute road trip back down the Cromwell road, at a gold mining location that also had a small shop representing Wild Earth winery. Note the location we were stopped at was not "the", or even "a", winery but simply a tourist stop on the main road. There were 4 people on our particular tour. The driver advised that all the food we were to be served was cooked on a special wine barrel BBQ developed by the winery owner.
Entering the shop we were sat at a table that had a barrel stave holding 5 small glass containers holding wine plus cutlery, wine and water glasses and condiments. there was also a small printed "wine tasting notes"
A waitress greeted us and explained that the wines presented on the stave were to be shared amongst the 4 of us and then told us that "for guidance" we should be aware that that meant when we poured the various wines we should make sure that that meant no more than "1 fingers depth of wine per person". She used her own finger to demonstrate and then proceeded to pour the first wine. The wine barely covered the bottom of each glass.
The food was brought out on another stave and consisted of 4 very small portions of venison, 4 individual prawns each on a skewer with a slice of chorizo, 4 small pieces of smoked salmon on shredded beetroot, 4 small beef "sliders" actually very small beef patties and finally the last "dish" was 4 thin slices of duck, some fattier than others.
As we ate the "lunch" and tasted the miniscule amount of each accompanying wine to each course the tour driver , Peter, returned to the table, sat with us and proceeded to tuck into a very nice looking salad with various meets and told us how pleased the tour drivers were that this location allowed them to "help themselves to the special offering for the drivers". Let me say that Peters meal was a substantial lunch, that provided to the tourists was not and ought not ever be described as "lunch".
There was insufficient wine and food per person to get a feel for the reason for the selection of each wine to each course and there were no notes describing the preparation of the food other than they were all prepared in a special wine cask BBQ developed by the winery owner.
As an aside, there was no facility to even rinse the single wine glass we each had between wines. I choose to use my water glass as a waste disposal to allow some way of clearing the glass between wines.
The waitress then returned and offered us a "sample of an experimental dessert wine". It was a slightly larger sample than those of the other wines and was in fact quite a good dessert wine - we later bought 2 bottles.

The tour then left for the second winery; a trip back along the road toward Queenstown and a pull off at a small winery that also supported a cheese shop. A quick walk into an underground storage cellar where some of the wineries production was aged in oak barrels and then a taste of 4 wines. The wines were a Riesling, an unfinished Riesling, a Pinot Gris and a Pinot Noir. There were jugs of water and pails to allow ones glass to be swilled between wines.
After leaving the "cellar" we were taken into the cheese store, having been told to "bring your glass with you" and presented with aches board holding 5 different cheeses with a sample about 1cc of each sample per person.
The tour driver then arrived carrying 2 bottles of wine and asked each of us which one we would like to try with the cheese! He then suggested, as the tour was made up of 2 couples, that each couple should select a different wine so that we could swap glasses and thus sample both wines. I certainly thought he was joking at such a proposal but no, he was deadly serious.

We then left the location and were returned to our hotel.

On our return I contacted the tour operator to find out what happened regarding our failed pick up in the morning and to give feedback on the overall tour.
The operators representative, Andrew, arrived at the hotel to discuss the matter. He carried a bottle of Riesling with him and gave it to us then went on to explain that each wine tasting was suppose to be 30ml as is standard in the local industry. I assured him there was no way any of the samples we had was of that size. He then said he would "talk to the wineries about that and the size of the food offered to each person". When I pointed out the company's advertising brochure clearly stated "lunch with wine match" as well as "cheese presentation and tastings" and that what was presented could not be considered as lunch by a reasonable person perhas they needed to revise their brochure the response was "well we are always looking at updating the brochures.
Apparently the pickup mix up was the tour drivers problem, not reading the lick up list so "sorry about that".

I strongly recommend that those considering a wine and lunch tour look elsewhere as this particular tour is not as advertised and, in my view boarders on the verge of false advertising when read as a whole. There are far better ways of spending $176 and I suspect that you could lunch at many bars/restaurants in Queenstown and have the same wines, a glass of each, as well as some reasonable food for lunch.
Written January 27, 2016
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sushgrl
Colorado Springs, CO23 contributions
Sep 2011
This was a great tour to get to know the Gibbston Valley wine region. We toured four wineries - Gibbston Valley Winery, Peregrine Wines, Chard Winery and Amisfield Cellars. At Gibbston Valley Winery we received a brief explanation on the history and techniques used in the region to grow and make wine, a tour of the cave where the Pinot Noir ages in French Oak barrels and had lunch outdoors with the sweet chocolate Labrador Macy. We thoroughly enjoyed the baby Pinot Blanc (2011, straight out of the barrel!) from this winery. Peregrine Wines has one of the more modern tasting rooms in the tour; the building is architecturally spectacular. Chard Winery served a flight of fantastic Pinot Noirs that had depth of character memorable to this lover of Central Californian Paso Robles labels. The tour ended with a glass of bubbly at Amisfield Cellars...The Fume Blanc was absolutely delightful! Our tour guide shared his knowledge of wine and of the region throughout our afternoon tour of the Gibbston Valley and was very personable, interesting and accommodating. I highly suggest this tour for both the novice and adoring wine lover.
Written September 8, 2011
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rickalexwestoby
Sydney, Australia48 contributions
Mar 2020
Just the right level, whole family attended and the best fun, information and great wines. Met some great Americans and it turned into a great afternoon. The Best THANKYOU
Written March 19, 2020
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