Queenstown Wine Trail - Queenstown


Queenstown Wine Trail is proudly family-owned. Lance Benseman and Heather McDonald have spent 25 years building their love of local wine, and their experience shows.

 

Queenstown Wine Trail primarily offers small group wine tours, private wine tours, and also cater for groups and special occasions through Designer Days which is a division of Queenstown Wine Trail Ltd. Within these products there are several different tour options, these have been adapted to cater for a wide range of preferences with in the Central Otago tourist market. 

 

Queenstown Wine Trail…making wine personal

The Queenstown Wine Trail is Queenstown’s original wine tour company, which has grown alongside the Central Otago wine industry. Our experienced team and excellent working relationships with the wineries in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell areas mean we guarantee to give all guests a fun, informative, friendly and above all, personalized tour.

Whether your palate is well-developed or simply enthusiastic, as long as you love wine, our tours will delight. We offer a variety of products to suit your specific requirements. 

 

Queenstown Wine Trail options: 

  • Half Day Tours - either with or without winery lunch, operating daily throughout the year 
  • Full Day Group Tours – departing on demand
  • Private Wine Tours – departing on demand
  • Wine Combination Tours including: Helicopter, Jetboat or Spa (POA)
  • Customised Wine Tours (Designer Days for special interest groups)
  • Custom designed tours to cater for groups wanting something a little different & highly personalised - Price on Application

Unique Selling Points 

 

1. ORIGINAL WINE TOUR operating since 1992, Queenstown Wine Trail is Queenstown’s original wine tour and an integral part of this picturesque, unique and award-winning wine region. 

 

2. ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS Queenstown Wine Trail has grown alongside the Central Otago wine industry over the past 25 years.  Our excellent working relationships with the wineries in the Queenstown/ Central Otago wine area means we can guarantee to choose the best vineyard combinations for our clients. At each vineyard clients will meet members of the winery for a close up perspective of the local wines. We pre-book tastings and lunch tables. 

 

3. FUN AND FRIENDLY EXPERIENCE Queenstown Wine Trail guides are knowledgeable, professional and have excellent social skills, which guarantee a relaxed and informative experience for guests. Due to our local knowledge and good vineyard relationships we are able to access key personnel for training sessions with our staff.

 

4. SELECTION OF WINE TOURS Queenstown Wine Trail is aware of ongoing changes in the tourism market and has launched a variety of wine tours to suit our client’s specific requirements. Ranging from daily wine tours to highly personalised private wine tours. Comfortable range of vehicles such as 19 seat Mercedes Sprinter or luxury sedan.

 

5. TAKE IN THE LOCAL FLAVOUR AND PERSPECTIVE.  Clients have time to relax and enjoy the winery atmosphere whilst interacting with each other, their guide and vineyard staff. A perfect time to meet the locals!

 

6. All our products are QUALMARK endorsed visitor activities. 

 

7. The wineries we are visiting are only 20 minutes’ drive from the Queenstown accommodation picks ups. TRAVELLING IS KEPT TO A MINIMUM.

 

8.     Queenstown Wine Trail OFFERS AN UNDERGROUND WINE CAVE TOUR every day in New Zealand’s largest only wine cave. 

 

9. Queenstown Wine Trail is a TOUR WHICH INCLUDES ALL EXPENSES of wine tasting and the underground wine cave experience, not a transfer to the wineries where customers have extra costs once getting there. 

 

FLEET: Queenstown Wine Trail has the newest and highest standard of vehicles compared to all other dedicated wine tour operators in Queenstown. They have been chosen with our clients' comfort in mind.


Queenstown Wine Trail Options

SMALL GROUP TOURS:

 

Vehicles used are late model, Mercedes Sprinter, VW Crafter, Ford Transit, Mercedes Valente.

 

Original Wine Tour 

Departs daily at 1:00pm

Duration: 4.5 hrs

 

Take this afternoon tour and experience the true flavour of our local pinot noir and other wine varietals at 3 premium vineyards. Enjoy a guided tour through the vines and into New Zealand’s largest underground wine cave. This relaxing tour travels just a short distance from Queenstown where you will be given in-depth wine tastings and presentation at each vineyard. 

 

You do have free time. Plenty of time to unwind and get yourself a winery lunch or sample a selection of local cheeses. Craft beer tasting is also available, or there is an opportunity to substitute wine tasting for beer.

 

 

Wine & Food Sampler 

Departs daily 1:00pm  

Duration: 4.5 hrs

 

This half day wine and food experience delivers an unforgettable taste of Central Otago’s wine region, showcasing its superb local produce. Your winery lunch consists of several tasting dishes each perfectly matched by the Chief Winemaker and Head Chef, using estate wines and fresh local produce. Enjoy wine tasting and presentations at

 3 wineries, generally visiting one larger well-known winery and two boutique style wineries. An underground wine cave tour & tastings gives you inside information about our great wines and the Central Otago wine industry.  

 

 

Bannockburn’s Finest

Group Tour of 4 to 10 people.

Departs: 10.00 am 

Duration: Full day, allow 6 hours

 

This premium food and wine tour allows you to discover the best of Central Otago's wine regions. Choose from an a la carte lunch menu at Mt Difficulty (or similar) and dine with amazing views over Bannockburn’s dramatic landscape. Our full day food and wine experience allows you to discover the best of Central Otago's wine land. Relax and indulge your senses at 5 wineries of your choice, whether they be in the Gibbston or Bannockburn region.

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PRIVATE TOURS

 

Vehicles use for private tours: Mercedes Valente- 6 seats or Luxury Sedan Car

 

Private Wine & Food  Tour

Departs on request or at midday 

Duration 4 hours (offered daily)

 

This half day tour is designed for guests to get the most out of this unique food and wine experience with the tour being conducted at their own pace. This tour includes a la carte winery lunch with several different wineries to choose from. We welcome winery requests prior to travel. 

Wine tasting and presentations are included at 3 wineries with an underground wine cave tour as an option.

 

 

Bannockburn’s Finest

Small groups of 4 to 10 people.

 

Departs: 10.00 am 

Duration: Full day, allow 6 hours

 

This premium food and wine tour allows you to discover the best of Central Otago's wine regions. Choose from an a la carte lunch menu at Mt Difficulty (or similar) and dine with amazing views over Bannockburn’s dramatic landscape. Our full day food and wine experience allows you to discover the best of Central Otago's wine land. Relax and indulge your senses at 5 wineries of your choice, whether they be in the Gibbston or Bannockburn region.

Queenstown Wine Trail - Gibbston Valley
Queenstown Wine Trail - Gibbston Valley
Queenstown Wine Trail
Queenstown Wine Trail
Wine Cave
Wine Cave
Private tours
Private tours
Small groups
Small groups
Vineyard tour
Vineyard tour