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“Great fun and I learnt a few things too!”

Appellation Wine Tours
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Central Otago Wine Tour from Queenstown
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Exclusive Central Otago Wine Tour - departs Queenstown
Ranked #2 of 24 Food & Drink in Queenstown
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Join New Zealands award winning wine tour company and discover the wines, history and sights of New Zealand's premier cool climate wine region, Central Otago. Appellation's small group wine tours depart daily from Queenstown. With our expert guides, you will learn about wine appreciation, taste some of the region's best wines over 2 different wine sub regions. Enjoy an included delicious platter lunch with a glass of wine, and visit the historic town of Old Cromwell. In 2017 Appellation Wine Tours was awarded Gold status under the Sustainable Tourism Business criteria with Qualmark. Appellation also won the 2017 Luxury Travel Guide award and received a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
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Newcastle, Australia
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great fun and I learnt a few things too!”
Reviewed September 26, 2011

What a great tour. Really enjoyed visiting the boutique wineries and the fabulous lunch that was included. Each winery was different and we we learnt a lot about the local wines and area. The scenery on the way was breathtaking and our very knowledgable host Liz made it a very enjoyable trip.
I would recommend this trip to anyone that is interested in wines. You don't have to be a wine expert to enjoy it and you will love hearing the passion of the wine makers as they describe their produce. Thanks to all involved.

Visited September 2011
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed the wine tour and would highly recommend it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the wines and the surrounding region and made the whole experience a really memorable one.

Visited July 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic - must do if you're in the area”
Reviewed June 2, 2011

This was probably the best thing we did on our entire trip to New Zealand. You get to try fantastic wine and see amazingly beautiful countryside. Having a guided tour was a smart move. We would never have learned as much going on our own, and probably would have gotten lost. Not to mention that one of us would have to go easy on the wine. Our guide was Keren, very knowledgeable about the region and great company. The group was a mix of wine experts and novices from around the world and she did a good job of keeping it interesting for those who knew a lot about wine, but also making sure those who were not wine experts still had a good time and learned something new.

Key thing is they take small vans (their site says 11 people max), so it feels small and intimate, not a cattle call like some guided tours are. Our entire group was just a half dozen, so it was practically a private tour. We did the slightly longer gourmet tour and recommend spending a little bit extra for it. We were sad when it ended. When you book or sometime before you do the tour, let them know if there are particular vineyards you want to visit or general wine preferences and they can tailor the tour to your preferences. (They'll also give you recommendations for food and activities for the rest of your trip.) Or you can just let them choose, which is mostly what we did and we were happy with the results. Great food as well. Can't recommend this enough, especially if you pick a day with great weather.

Visited May 2011
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“intimate and informative”
Reviewed May 26, 2011

Great day wine tasting and lots of friendly chat.

Informative guide and great value.

Visited May 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“Intimate tours with friendly staff”
Reviewed May 19, 2011

It was a cloudy crappy day but our guide, Liz, turned the mood upside down and gave us such an amazing full day of winery tour. We had a very intimate tour, with only 3 people, which made it even better. We visited 5 wineries, including the one I requested. Lots of interesting facts during the 7 hour tour.

If you want to have a fun tour, not worry about driving and learn about the region.....this tour is the only way to go. Correctly priced, with an amazing guide. 10 thumbs up ;) hehehe

Visited May 2011
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