This is a fun and relaxing afternoon in a luxury SUV, perfect for groups of family/friends who'd prefer a private wine tour. You'll discover a wide range of wines across the beautiful Central Otago region on this great value wine tasting experience. I will pick you up post lunch from your accommodation in the Wanaka area at 1 pm. The tour can also be booked as a morning option starting at 10am. We'll follow the route of the Clutha River towards Lake Dunstan. We cross the Kawarau river and head deep into the Bannockburn region for our first wine tastings of the day in a stunning landscape that combines the historic remnants of the gold mining era, beautiful vineyards and fruit orchards. We will then proceed through the historic town of Cromwell which features vineyards and delightful flower gardens surrounded by olive trees and orchards. A winery in the shadow of the impressive Pisa mountain range at the northern end of Lake Dunstan will be our next stop. Here you will taste distinctive wines in terrain that differs markedly from where we started our day. I am also a photographer and will record your day for you free of charge. At the end of this half day tasting you will have had a fun sampling of the diverse wines and learned a little more about your palate. When we return to Wanaka I will drop you off at one of the wineries in town, a lunch venue or your accommodation.
I lived in the UK and Australia and left the corporate world to live in one of the most beautiful places on the globe. I first came to this area over 20 years ago and have been visiting the wineries here for over 7 years. Now that I live in this region I have the opportunity to share with others my interests in wine, the outdoors and photography. I discovered the nuanced charm of Otago pinot noir 10 years ago and have met a number of amazing people who were drawn to practice winemaking in this magical place. This wine tour and tasting experience allows me to combine all three of my passions and create a unique and memorable day out for you. I am also a fully licensed and insured transport operator and passenger service driver.
I will provide crackers to cleanse the palate after each tasting and I'll have an assortment of snacks.
I provide complimentary bottled water to keep you hydrated. You will also sample over 14 different wines at our tastings.
All tasting fees are included in the price.
The luxury SUV features leather seats, a huge sunroof, extra leg and head room, USB power to keep those smart phones charged…
I will take photographs of the tasting experience free of charge and send you a download link after the tour.
We leave Wanaka and head along the Clutha river. We pass through Luggate and Queensberry. Following the shores of Lake Dunstan we journey to our first tasting in the Bannockburn. Next we drive through the historic town of Cromwell. Our next tasting is at a delightful farmhouse winery outside Cromwell. We then take the quiet roads around Lake Dunstan to another vineyard on the banks of the Clutha River. We then drive back to Wanaka.
Water and snacks are provided as you will have lunch after the tour. There is a coolbox for any drinks or food that you wish to bring. The SUV has USB power and a wi-fi hotspot. I will have maps of the wine region for your information and reference.
Wineberry 'demi' - half day wine tasting