The Gibbston Valley, also known as the ‘Valley of the Vines’, is one of the most scenic wine growing areas you’ll ever encounter. Vineyards are sandwiched, sometimes precariously, between rugged schist mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge.
This high altitude area is subject to cold winters, hot dry summers and a huge night-to-day temperature range. These challenging conditions have led to consistently superb wines, worldwide recognition and an avalanche of international awards. More than 70% of the grapes grown here are pinot noir; other varieties including chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling and sauvignon blanc.
As well as wine, the Gibbston Valley is known for delicious cheese. Washed rind and sheep’s milk cheeses can be added to your picnic basket, which might soon also acquire a few excellent bottles of pinot noir.
At the western end of Gibbston Valley is the Kawarau Bridge, where you can watch bungy jumpers leap into space above the turbulent river from the viewing deck or you can take the leap yourself.
Alpine Wine Tours offers memorable group, private and custom wine tours and the region’s first Progressive Dinner Tour from Queenstown
Immerse yourself in a sensory experience in New Zealand’s largest wine cave and taste award-winning Central Otago wines from the Valley of the Vines.
Explore some of Queenstown’s most iconic settings as we take you on a social night out to meet new friends with amazing local wine, craft beers and stunning food on the region’s first Progressive Dinner Tour.
Wine-lovers can soak up the history of century-old oak wine barrels while swirling and smelling unique flavours from the world’s most southern wine region, and foodies will be overjoyed with the chance to savour local cuisine along the way.
There’s no need to worry about a ‘dedicated driver’ as your guide whisks you away through the stunning scenery in comfort and style in our fleet of 2018 Mercedes Sprinters.