Queenstown Wine Trail

We have all heard stories from fellow travellers about the beauty of Queenstown, New Zealand. We have seen the stunning images, watched movies with the area’s majestic landscape as a backdrop. One of the most unforgettable things to do in Queenstown, is to indulge in a guided wine tour of this spectacular region, savouring delicious wine varieties and witnessing the landscape as you travel.

The conditions of this region are ideally suited to growing some of the finest wine varieties in the world, including New Zealand Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and excellent Methode Traditionelle.  For a sweeter treat you can enjoy top Riesling and Gewurtztraminer varieties. Queenstown is known in particular for its Pinot Noir and it has dozens of wineries producing world-class wines.

Guided Queenstown wine tour

A guided Queenstown wine tour is perfect for both connoisseurs and casual tasters (Photo credit: Queenstown Wine Trail)

While visitors are often spoilt for choice with Queenstown attractions, a well hosted Queenstown winery tour (or two!) is a unique way to experience the area regardless of the season. Guided wine tours are an outstanding and safe option if you are planning to drink more than two glasses of wine (A rough approximation of the legal alcohol limit in New Zealand is the equivalent of two glasses of wine if you a man, and less for a woman).

Queenstown Wine Trail is the original wine tour company in Queenstown. Operating wine tours for over 20 years has allowed them to establish great relationships with winemakers and winery personnel giving clients a close up perspective of our world class wines and local cuisine. There are many different vineyard tours offered by them, ranging from lower budget options to the most luxurious.

Their four hour ‘Wine & Food Sampler’ tour offers tastings at two of the region’s top wineries, and a visit to New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave. This is perfectly complimented by wine barrel cooked tasting dishes prepared at Wild Earth, which are served alongside carefully matched local wine. Queenstown Wine Trail’s ‘Original’ tour lets guests experience four wineries in the Queenstown and Gibbston Valley area. This tour also includes a visit to the underground wine cave and time to take it easy at a wine bar or Cheesery. Queenstown Wine Trail also offer free pickup from selected Queenstown accommodation with each tour. They can also arrange customised private wine tours, and combination tours which combine tastings with Queenstown activities like jet boating, spa visits, scenic helicopter flights and guided walks.

 Underground wine cave

Explore New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave (Photo credit: Queenstown Wine Trail)

While on your tour there are opportunities to buy wine by the bottle or a case with options to ship back to your home or simply take with you at the time.  Remember you can go back at your leisure and purchase your favourite tipples online. Imagine being able to wow your friends at home when you pop the cork or twist the lid off a bottle of one of New Zealand’s best vintages. Plus, what better souvenir of your New Zealand wine tour than being able to relive the memory every time you pour a glass? 

You will love your visit to Queenstown. Adding a visit to one or more of the many superb wineries of the area with the team from Queenstown Wine Tours will enhance your travelling experience, as you discover the joys of New Zealand’s premier wines in a truly magical place. For visitors wanting to explore more of this stunning area, pick-up your Queenstown rental car from Omega’s town centre or airport locations.