Queenstown Self Guided Tours: Gibbston Valley Wineries & Cellar Doors

Welcome to the best self-guided Queenstown winery tour resource!


Queenstown is the ultimate gateway to the World's southern most commercial wine growing region, The Central Otago wine region. Situated a thirty minute drive outside of Queenstown, at the foothills of the Southern Alps you'll find the Gibbston Valley, one of six sub-regions that make up the Central Otago. It's the highest and coolest sub-region and is renowned for being home to some of the areas original pioneering vineyards and wineries. This is an area that has forever cemented itself in New Zealand winemaking folklore. Where pioneers and innovators rolled the dice and came out on top as a region that now stands amongst some of the world's best (especially when it comes to it's renowned pinot noir).


1. Chard Farm


The first vineyard in the valley you will lay eyes on when coming from Queenstown, and what a sight to behold! Perched on the slopping hillsides overlooking the Kawarau River and at the foothills of some seriously dramatic mountain ranges, Chard Farm (previously a fruit orchard) is one of the earlier vinyards of the region, first being established in the late 1980's.


Open Times:

10:00am - 5:00pm


🧆 Food available:

No


🍷 Tasting Cost:

$5 pp donation (donated to charity)


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Gewurztraminier

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Chardonnay • Sauvignon Blanc


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.

2. Gibbston Valley Winery

Originally started by Allan Brady in the early 1980's, Gibbston Valley winery is not only synonymous with Gibbston, but all of Central Otago. The winery, being one of the very first in the entire region is ground zero for viticulture in this part of the world. Through much trial and error in the early years, the young wine makers of the region learned what varieties thrived here and established the region amongst the best in the world for growing and producing pinot noir. Gibbston Valley Winery is a true piece of Central Otago wine history.


Open Times:

10:00am - 5:00pm


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

From $12 pp


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Gewurztraminier • Chardonnay

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Pinot Blanc • Sauvignon Blanc


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


3. Peregrine Wines

One of the most striking buildings located in the Gibbston Valley landscape. The falcon wing-shaped winery is hard to miss. Part of the 'second wave' of wine producers in the region, Peregrine has made a big impact since starting out in the late 90's. Their holistic approach to the winemaking process has seen them become pioneers in organics and biodynamics for the region.


Open Times:

11:00am - 5:30pm


🧆 Food available:

No


🍷 Tasting Cost:

Free


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Sauvignon Blanc

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Chardonnay


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


4. Gibbston Tavern

Not so much a winery as it is a neat little spot for food and drinks. The tavern offers a well stocked bar with local wines, beers and ciders available as well as wood-fired pizzas and a generous food menu. It's hard not to feel chilled out and unwind when visiting the tavern. The laid-back atmosphere and pioneering decor makes it a great alternative from the cellar doors if you wanted to change it up a bit.


Open Times:

11:00am - 8:00pm


🧆 Food available

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost

- N/A


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


5. Mount Edward Winery

Starting in the late 90's, Mount Edward Winery is one of Gibbston Valley's Bio Grow organic officially certified wineries. With a strong ethos for pushing the limits, Mount Edward has carved out a reputation for creating authentic and unique styles including New Zealand's first producer of vermouth and minimal intervention and additives in keeping with the desire to produce true wines that are expressive in themselves.


Open From:

Tasting's are by appointment only


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

N/A


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Gruner Veltliner • Vermouth

• Pinot Gris • Pinot Blanc

• Orange • Reisling


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


6. Kinross

Acting as a cellar door for five of the regions wineries Coal Pit, Domaine Thomson, Hawkshead, Valli & Wild Irishman makes Kinross the perfect one stop spot for a true window into what the regions wines have to offer. Take a guided tasting or sit outside and enjoy a glass with some food from their all-day menu.


Open Times:

8:00am - 9:00pm


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

From $15pp


🍇 Varieties

• Pinot Noir • Sauvignon Blanc

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Rosé


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


7. Cargo Brewery

Also (as you can probably tell by the name) not a winery, Cargo Brewery is a must-do stop when exploring the Gibbston Valley. Cargo is fast establishing itself as not only an incredible craft brewery but as New Zealand's best beer garden. On those warm sunshine filled days, you'd be hard pressed finding a better sport to sit out and enjoy some local beer or get involved in the many lawn games on offer (inc. beach volleyball, cornhole, cricket and croquet to name a few).


🧆 Food available

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost

$12pp for a flight of four


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


8. Brennan Wines

Beginning it's life as a contract growing vineyard, Brennan has spent the better part of the last decade firmly establishing itself as it's own label, winning international recognition for it's pinot noirs and by proudly being "a little crazy" in their approach to wine making. On top of growing the prerequisited pinot noir, Brennan has also planted and produced a number of varietals/wines that you'd be hard pressed to find much of (if any) in these parts of the world, inc. zinfandel, tempranillo and muscat.

🧆 Food available

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost

From $12pp (waived if two or more bottles are purchased)


🍇 Varieties

• Pinot Noir • Gewurztraminier • Chardonnay

• Pinot Gris • Reisling • Rose

• Tempranillo • Muscat • Orange


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


9. Mt Rosa Wines

One of the smaller, boutique wineries of the region, Mt Rosa has been producing wine for around 20 years now. Even after a couple of decades in the business, Mt Rosa hasn't lost it's laid-back local charm. The tasting room is located in what used to be the old woolshed for the merino farm which previously occupied the land the vines now reside on and sitting outside on a warm day you can still occasionally watch the sheep hanging out on the hillside.


Open Times:

11:00 am - 5:00pm


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

$15pp (waived if two or more bottles are purchased)


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Sauvignon Blanc

• Pinot Gris • Pinot Blanc

• Rosé


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


10. Coxs' Vineyard

Another of the few single vineyard producers in the valley, Coxs' Vineyard had previously operated as a contract growing vineyard, supplying their fruit to other producers in the region. Then in 2015 the decision was made to start the Coxs' vineyard label and the small family run winery is making a name for themselves by producing top quality pinot that is a true asset to region.


Open Times:

Tasting's are by appointment only


🧆 Food available:

No


🍷 Tasting Cost:

N/A


🍇 Varieties

• Pinot Noir • Pinot Gris


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.



Other cellar doors (near Queenstown)


11. Amisfield

Nestled on the hill side by the picturesque Lake Hayes, Amisfield is the perfect setting for sampling some incredible Central Otago wine either by tasting at the cellar door or by the glass whilst dining at their hatted award winning bistro.


Open Times:

10:00am - 6:00pm


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

From $10 pp


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Chenin Blanc • Pinot Blanc

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Rosé • Sauvignon Blanc


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.



12. Akarua

Akarua started out in the golden growth era in Central Otago of the mid-late 90's. Their first vines were planted in 1996 out in the Bannockburn sub-region, however a cellar door close to the tourist hot spot of Queenstown was always part of the grand plan. In 2016 they took over the historic Walnut Cottage and teamed up with local fine dining catering co. Artisan to create 'Akarua wines & kitchen by Artisan'. Amazing food paired with award winning wines... what's not to like?


Open Times:

10:30am - 5:00pm


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

From $10 pp


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Pinot Rouge • Rosé

• Pinot Gris • Reisling • Ice Wine

• Chardonnay • Sauvignon Blanc


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.



13. Wet Jacket

Named after Wet Jacket Arm, a marine reserve in Fiordland National Park (not an area you would ever think to associate with growing grapes), Wet Jacket cellar door resides in an old wool shed (part of which remains in tact for visitors to explore) between Queenstown and Gibbston Valley. Visiting Wet Jacket you can sample some of South Island's own Whitestone cheese while tasting their amazing wine or in the warmer months enjoy the exceptional outdoor garden in the sunshine with the Taco Medic food truck on site for when you get a little peckish.


🧆 Food available:

No, but there is a cheesery on site


🍷 Tasting Cost:

$5 pp donation


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Gewurztraminier • Rosé

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Chardonnay • Sauvignon Blanc


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


14. Three Miners

The latest cellar door to open up in close proximity to Queenstown, Three miners is located in the Hilton on the shores Lake Wakatipu and Kawarau river. With a tasting room that looks out over the water and is easily accessible by bus, taxi or water taxi from Queenstown, Three Miners cellar door is a great spot for a relaxing afternoon of sampling local wines that are produced further afield in the Alexandra sub-region of Central Otago.


Open Times:

11:00am - 7:00pm


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

From $8 pp


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Gewurztraminier

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Rosé


How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.


15. Stoneridge Estate


🧆 Food available:

Yes


🍷 Tasting Cost:

From $10pp


🍇 Varieties:

• Pinot Noir • Gewurztraminier

• Pinot Gris • Reisling

• Chardonnay • Sauvignon Blanc

How to get here? Click here for location and directions in Google Maps.



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