With Central Otago and Queenstown being one of the world’s best Pinot Noir regions, there are plenty of vineyards, wineries and cellar doors to explore and visit located near to Stoneridge Estate.
We offer the perfect location to combine your stay at our boutique Lodge or luxury Retreat with an exceptional wine tasting experience not only at our onsite Cellar Door but also at its surrounding wineries. Some of the most magnificent and outstanding ones are listed below. We are happy to help you organize your tour while you can relax and enjoy your vacation!
Organized Wine Tours
As Queenstown is an amazing spot for world class vineyards plus a breathtaking scenery, several companies offer organized Wine Tours with different services and times to please every one’s specific needs.
Altitude Tours offers two options – the Wine Sampler Tour, which starts at 10am in the morning and takes you to four of Central Otago’s finest Cellar Doors. After five hours full of spectacular wines, delicious cheese and a lot of information, the shuttle brings you back to Queenstown and even a little surprise awaits you at the end. The second tour Altitude offers is the Twilight Wine & Craft Beer Tour, which takes about three and a half hours and lets you choose on either tasting delicious New Zealand made wine or locally produced craft beer.
Queenstown Wine Trail gives you a broad selection of tours to choose from, perfect for small groups or there is even to possibility to upgrade your experience to one of their private tours. A special treat Wine Trail has to offer are the combo tours! Either if you’re interested in a spa & wine tasting combination or something more adventurous like a helicopter or jet boat ride – this company has you covered.
Appellation Wine Tours has five different options which vary from full day to half day tours, some even include a visit at art galleries, a lavender farm or gold panning. Their routes go all the way to Cromwell which provides you with some of Central Otago’s most beautiful scenery and for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans they even check out some iconic spots from the film set. Tour capacities vary from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 19 guests and except for the Classic Wine Tour, even children are allowed to join the fun.
Only a five-minute walk away you come across Amisfield, which is known for excellent wines and a ‘two hats’ kitchen. To emphasize is there exquisite ‘Trust the Chef’ dining experience, a three or five course meal for lunch or seven courses for dinner.
Akarua wines & kitchen by Artisan adds another exquisite wine tasting plus dining experience to the setting and is only a five-minute drive away from Stoneridge. For their handcrafted cuisine, Artisan kitchen uses some of New Zealand’s finest sustainable ingredients sourced locally.
A fourteen-kilometer drive into the Gibbston Valley you will come across Peregrine Wines, which offers not only spectacular views on their latest wines in the barrel, the breathtaking architecture of the Winery is just as astonishing.
About one and a half kilometers further into the valley, the exclusive Cellar Door for six local, boutique and world-renowned wine labels including their own Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, Kinross displays a boutique scenery.
Hop On Hop Off
If you like to stay flexible without being bound to an organized wine tour and its timetable and vineyard choices than you will love the options, we listed below!
Hop on Hop off Wine Tours implements a large assortment of 15 different stops including Gibbston Valley’s best wineries as well as some adrenaline hot spots like Shotover Jet and AJ Hackett Bungy. Their buses can pick you up at each location every 45 minutes which makes it very easy for the instinctive wine taster to explore the area.
For those who want to combine sportive activity with a wine & dine experience, Around the Basin is the perfect choice. Their broad selection of guided and self-guided tours, half-day and full-day hire, choice of premium mountain bikes or electric bikes is imposing. Their shuttle drops you off at AJ Hackett Bungy from where a beautiful track leads you through the Gibbston Valley and passes all wineries. The best thing is you can decide how far you want to bike and where to catch their shuttle back to town!
Another, a little bit more exclusive option would be the Wine Hopper Bus with its six stops including plenty of wine, craft beer & cheese tasting along with beautiful lunch spots. The Bus circuits six times daily around the Gibbston Valley and offers free WiFi on their air-conditioned vans.
In case beer is more your thing, Queenstown has a few new bars and breweries which offer delicious locally produced craft beer. For example, Brewbus offers a six hour fully guided bus tour including craft beer tastings at 4 locations - Altitude Brewing, Searchlight Brewery, Canyon Food & Brew Co. and Lake & Wood Brew Co., behind the scenes look at a working brewery and a delicious set lunch.
"I would just like to thank you again for our wonderful stay with you all. Undoubtedly you have a fabulous venue, pristine and away from the bustle of Queenstown, but it was your..."
- Steve Power - Dec 2017