INTIMATE, SMALL GROUP TOURS TO BOUTIQUE WINERIES
IN THE CENTRAL OTAGO WINE REGION.

Hi, I'm Natalie Lions, along with my husband Cole we operate a boutique Central Otago wine tour business.

I live for wine. I am a Certified Sommelier with 12 years experience in the New Zealand wine industry. I have my advanced WSET and diploma of New Zealand wine. Basically i'm a wine nerd!

As for my husband, although not formally trained in wine, Cole has worked in a number of cellar doors and as a wine broker for one of New Zealand's largest brokerages. Mostly Cole stays in the office, but now and again if were lucky, he will join us on a tour.

Explore Central Otago’s wineries with us. Taste wine with wine makers and vineyard owners from some of the regions smallest wineries. 
Travel through gorgeous gorges, over ravenous rivers and under magnificent mountains as we try some of the most mouthwatering wine and food that Central Otago has to offer.

WHY CHOOSE A ROARING WINE TOUR

We go further than the rest
From Queenstown to Alexandra, you will see more of the Central Otago regions stunning landscapes with us.

We go to more vineyards and taste more wine
With up to 6 wineries on our Lion Tour, you get to taste more of the regions sumptuous wines from a large variety of producers.

We go to the most boutique wineries
Taste wines not available in the shops from producers making wine out of pure passion. Meet the winemakers and hear the winemaking story straight from the horse’s mouth.

We are wine industry professionals
Learn about the regions wine making history and techniques from experienced winemakers, or about food pairings and global wine trends from qualifies Sommeliers.

HOW IT WORKS

You will be collected from your accommodation in Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell or Alexandra and taken on a fun day of wine tasting with a sumptuous lunch along the way.

We do not have a pre-set list of wineries we visit every day, instead we try to cater for your individual wine tastes by taking you to wineries with wines we think you will enjoy the most.

Once your wine tour has ended, we will drop you back at your selected destination.

 

WHERE ARE WE?

 

Ringed by mountains interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges Central Otago is New Zealand’s most  spectacular setting for vineyards. At the southern tip of the wine map this ruggedly beautiful environment offers growers and winemaking conditions that are both challenging and rewarding.

Central Otago is the Southern-most grape-growing region in the world located at latitude 45º south. The first wine-grapes were planted in Central Otago back in 1864 and despite the district’s potential as a wine growing area being recognized by French and Australian viticulturists from the 1860’s onward, wine-grapes were not commercially grown again in Central Otago for more than a century.

Today Central Otago is well known for our premium Pinot Noir and dramatic landscape that won’t be  easily matched anywhere in the world! Modern day wine growing began with a trial wine-grape vineyard that was planted at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) orchard near Alexandra in 1972 and shortly followed in 1975 with experimental plantings at Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka. The first commercial release of a Pinot Noir from Otago was the 1987 vintage from pioneer Alan Brady at Gibbston Valley winery. The rest, as they say, is history.

45º North and 45º South are very different worlds. In the temperate zones, global winds flow West to East round the planet. In the North, that journey takes them through heavily populated and industrialised regions. In the South, there is only Central Otago and Patagonia. While well over 100 million people live between 44º and 46º North, there are less than 400,000 living in the Southern strip. This reflects in a lack of pollution and disease pressure. We believe the natural health of our vines is a reflection of our isolation. It may be a bit quiet in the evening, but the grapes don’t mind that!