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.


WE LOVE WINE

We are wine lovers who take wine tours, not tour bus drivers. Learn about the New Zealand wine industry from winemakers, or about wine and food pairing from certified sommeliers. 


WE GO PLACES WHERE NO ONE ELSE GOES.

There are some amazing wines in the Central Otago wine region, we don't mind driving a little further to find them. 
Your tour will take you off the beaten track and away from the rat-race to where you can taste delicious wines from the all of the region. From Gibbston to Alexandra, we will attempt to show you all  Central Otago has on offer.


SMALLER IS BETTER

We only offer small group tours. When you tour with us you won't wait in lines and you won't be stuck shoulder to shoulder with dozens of people. Experience our regions most delicious wines with all of your senses in a relaxed pressure free setting, away from the hussle and bussel.

 

 

 

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!