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.