The best wineries in Central Otago

Discover Premier Wineries of Central Otago to Visit

Wineries in Central Otago2021-03-21T07:55:28+00:00

Discover the Best Wineries in Central Otago

Central Otago in New Zealand is home to picturesque scenery and elegant Pinot Noir. It is the southernmost wine-growing region in the world and the only truly “continental” region of the country. Wineries in Central Otago are ready to impress you with highly-selected wines sprawled in six winemaking sub-regions such as Cromwell Bason, Wanaka, Alexandra, Bendigo, Bannockburn, and Gibbston. Each of the wine sub-regions has unique and attractive wine styles and history that reveal a lot about this part of the South Island.

Are you searching for tips or advice on wineries and vineyards to visit during your holiday to Central Otago?

We have provided a list of wineries in Central Otago open for visitors with direct booking options through our website. At WineTourism.com, we are available to answer any questions and help guide you towards the best fit when planning your wine region experience in Central Otago. We hope you will discover what makes the region special and enjoy your exploration of unforgettable Central Otago!

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Kinross in Gibbston Valley, one of our partner wineries in Central Otago

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Central Otago single vineyard, organic Pinot Noir wines

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140 Luggate Cromwell Road, Cromwell, Otago, 9384, New Zealand

Compare Wines from their French Terroirs and their Terroirs in New Zealand; Both Equally Fantastic!

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Domaine Thomson Wines, 46 Clarks Road, Lowburn, 9342, Central Otago, New Zealand

Estate bringing together six wine partners and their best-selling collections

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2300 Gibbston Hwy, Queenstown, Otago, 9371, New Zealand

Family-owned winery run by an experienced and hard working couple

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9 Connell Terrace, Wanaka, Central Otago, 9305, New Zealand

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How to Reach Wineries in Central Otago

Wineries in Central Otago are easily accessible by different means of transportation

Queenstown is a good starting point for your visit to wineries in Central Otago. There are several flights in a day between Wellington and Queenstown. Flights are the simplest and easiest way to get there as it is the perfect choice for travelers with limited time. The duration of the flight is 1 hour 30 minutes.

It is easily accessible to get to wineries in Central Otago by car from Queenstown, which is a 1-hour road.
However, if your travel starts from Wellington there is a possibility too. It might take a couple of days to get from the capital city, as Wellington is separated from the South Island by the Cook Strait. To drive to Queenstown you’ll first need to take the ferry to Picton, at the top of the South Island. Drive from Picton down the east coast, past Kaikoura and Christchurch, and then inland, past Twizel and Tekapo in the Mount Cook district, finally to Queenstown.

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Everything you need to know about wineries in Central Otago

Every season here brings with it a new series of changes: vibrant blossom-filled spring, glorious summer, golden glowed autumn, and icy winter. However, summer and autumn are the seasons for full-on outdoor living and fun. It’s the ideal time to try anything from the vast valley floors to the rock tor skyline, and of course, visit wineries in Central Otago.

Wineries in Central Otago bring together the best of the old and new worlds of wine making. There are mostly family-owned wineries, as well as boutique wineries with their unique style of winemaking. Almost all of them run sustainable vineyards, showing all the respect for the surrounding nature.

There are numerous facilities provided by wineries in Central Otago. All of them have reduced mobility access, while most of them offer restaurant services. If you plan to stay on the territory of the winery, then there are several wineries with hotels as well.

Pinot Noir is a symbol of Central Otago and makes up almost three-quarters of the vineyards. This red variety gets a rich bouquet and a strong structure of tannins. But the region also makes bright and aromatic wines from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 

The most common grape varieties in Central Otago

Red Varieties: Pinot Noir
White Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling

English is the predominant language spoken in New Zealand. However, the Māori language of Indigenous  Māori people is also an official language of the country.

We put together some of  Māori words you might find useful while visiting wineries in Central Otago:

“Wāina” – Wine

“Winiiti” – Winery

“Māra wāina” – Vineyard

“Harikoa!” – Cheers!