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Known for producing some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world, Queenstown and the surrounding Gibbston and Otago Valley are a wine connoisseur’s paradise. Replete with wineries and wine estates, the region is home to some of the world’s most sought-after wine. Queenstown’s alpine landscape, coupled with its temperate climate makes it an incredibly conducive part of the world to produce wines.
Sandwiched between gorgeous glacial lakes, and majestic alpine mountains, Queenstown surely promises to be one of the most dramatically beautiful places one can ever to hope to swill a glass of wine in. Pair that full-bodied glass of Riesling or Noir with some classic Kiwi fare of duck or slow-braised lamb to complete one of the quintessential New Zealand experiences at one of Queenstown’s ubiquitous restaurants known for their wines.
The Gibbston Valley Winery, established in the late 19th century, was credited as one of the first wineries in the Central Otago region and opened the doors for cementing Queenstown as one of the world’s premier wine-producing hubs.
Also known as the “Valley of Wines”, this place is nestled between the beautiful, lush mountains and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir. It offers a variety of wine tours and tastings, which take you through the world’s largest wine cave and to the sprawling vineyards.
Situated on the banks of Lake Wanaka, the Rippon Vineyards are home to some of New Zealand’s most prized Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc wines and more. Using a form of organic farming known as biodynamic farming that uses no irrigation makes the Rippon Vineyard a pioneer Central Otago region.
Set amidst the beautiful Southern Alps en route to Mount Aspiring, the Rippon Vineyard is one of New Zealand’s most picturesque vineyards and is sure to enthral your senses.
One of Queenstown’s most popular activities is the Wine Trail. Visitors that want to sample a bit of each of the city’s many vineyards and wineries can indulge themselves by going on a wine tour.
These tours will take visitors through some of the Central Otago region’s most iconic wineries, and lets visitors taste wines from the cellars of each winery. Pair the wine tastings with a specially curated lunch at a boutique winery to complete the perfect lunch.
Located on the shores of Lake Hayes, the Amisfield Bistro and Winery has been a mainstay of Queenstown’s vibrant viticulture scene for the past 3 decades. Since 2005, the Amisfield Bistro and Winery has also been home to what has grown into one of Queenstown’s most celebrated restaurant as well.
Conferred with some of the restaurant industry’s most coveted prizes repeatedly, Amisfield Bistro and Winery ensures that their top-notch wines are paired with some of the most sumptuous Kiwi classics that are attractions in their own right.
Located at a comfortable 25-minute drive away from the city of Queenstown, Peregrine Wines are a great place to spend a quiet day at with friends and family. It is known for its premium quality Pinots, both noir and gris. Its range of handcrafted and aromatic white wines are also worth trying and even collecting!
It is one of New Zealand’s most iconic wine brands and is definitely worth visiting, as it is a perfect getaway from the city. It also hosts events from time to time, ranging from birthdays and weddings to corporate and formal events.
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