Located on the South Island of New Zealand, the Central Otago wine region is known for their Pinot Noirs. The region has been growing wine since the 1800s and houses a collection of vineyards that produce small batches of quality wine. The vineyards are surrounded by beautiful scenery and touring the wineries provides ample opportunities to enjoy the magnificent views while experiencing some amazing wines.
On my trip I dedicated several days to touring this wine region. The first day I hired a tour, which provided an overview of the region. If you only have one day I recommend this approach. After the tour I selected a few wineries that I thought were worth a second visit. My choices were based on the winery’s selection of wines (of course), their food, and the views from their property.
Amisfield is a must see! I visited Amisfield several times during my trip. The restaurant on the property has a menu that pairs well with their wines. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the restaurant or grab a table on the patio with a bottle of wine and enjoy miles of breathtaking views.
Gibbston Valley offers a wine tasting tours in their wine cave, a unique experience worth checking out. They also have a restaurant on the property with a patio providing access to stunning views. I spent an afternoon on their patio with a bottle of wine and my camera…time well spent!
Chard Farm is located on a beautiful property that is not short of spectacular views. Pop in for a tasting in their cellar and while you are there make sure to pose for a picture with Lola on the front lawn.
This is just a small sample of the wonderful wines of Central Otago. The Central Otago Winegrowers Association website provides a listing of vineyards in the region.
Check out some of the views I’ve been raving about!