Central Otago Wine Taste

Wine tasting in New Zealand

The following are a list of wineries which are an excellent choice if you're planning a Wine tasting trip in New Zealand.

All have a reputation for very good wine and most have had consistently positive reviews following visits on TripAdvisor.com. Some like Pyramid Valley and Greywacke need to have tastings pre-arranged.


Wairarapa (North Island)

Three sub-regions; Martinborough, Masterton and Gladstone

Porters, Masterton, Martinborough

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648 Homewood Road,
Masterton, RD 12,
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Contact: Annabel or John Porter +64 6 372 3717,  porterspinot@xtra.co.nz

The Porters vineyard was a bare and stony paddock, until planted in vines by Annabel & John Porter in 1992. They made their first vintage in 1995 and have adopted organic principles and practices wherever possible.  Sprays are kept to the bare minimum.

Porter's offer accommodation to give visitors an opportunity to take in the sights of Masterton and their excellent Pinot Noir. The vineyard is a  few minutes walk from Martinborough village square with its shops, galleries, wine merchants and exclusive restaurants. 

Winemaker's loft - A luxury modern double apartment in the loft. Complete with the original matai flooring and dormer windows, its french doors open onto a balcony with panoramic views of neighbouring vineyards. $190 for one night, $160 for 2+ nights

Pruners Cottage - This is a very simple option for overnight stay with a double bed & bathroom. No cooking facilities – apart from tea & coffee… and wine of course! $100 per couple per night.

Contact: Jackie or Tanya
Martinborough Reservation Services
Tel: +64 6 379 9219
Mobile: 027 679 3040
EMail: book@gotomartinborough.co.nz



Fromm Winery, Blenheim


15 Godfrey Road, RD 2, Blenheim 7201, Phone +64 (0)3 572 9355, lastrada@frommwinery.co.nz 

Visit the Fromm Winery Cellar Door and you can the opportunity to taste the current release wines together with some older vintage library releases. They also have some wines available only for Mail Order and Cellar Door customers.

From October to April Fromm are open seven days from 11am to 5pm for tastings and wine sales. During May to September they are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm and at other times by appointment.


Clos Henri Vineyard, Blenheim

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639 State Highway 63, Blenheim 7271, New Zealand

The tasting room is open 1st October to 30th April, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm or by appointment. Cellardoor@closhenri.com

Clos Henri, Blenheim, Tripadvisor

Greywacke is the Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, and the fulfilment of a long held dream. The name Greywacke was adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley for their first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura, named in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard. Kevin registered the name back in 1993 with the vague notion that he might one day want to use it on a wine label of his own.

The wines are made by Kevin at Dog Point Winery in the lower Brancott Valley, a facility extended to him by long-standing friends and industry colleagues, Ivan Sutherland and James Healy. The Greywacke portfolio is primarily based on two varieties, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, the sauvignon blanc being produced in two distinctly different styles. In addition to this core range of three wines, there are also limited edition releases of chardonnay, and three aromatic varieties – pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer.

Kevin Judd  was born in England and grew up in Australia, where he studied winemaking at Roseworthy College and first made wine at Reynella in South Australia. He moved to New Zealand in 1983 and joined Selaks Wines. Subsequently, he became the founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay, a pivotal role during which he directed the company’s first 25 vintages. In 2009 he established his own label, Greywacke.

There is no cellar door but given sufficient notice and availability the team are happy to receive visitors by prior appointment only. Great wines, so worth a visit.


Villa Maria Wine Cellars, Blenheim & Auckland

New Renwick Road | Fairhall, Blenheim 7201,New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 520 8472

Villa Maria Bleinheim, Marlborough

+64 3 520 8470, marlboroughshop@villamaria.co.nz 

Corner of Paynters and New Renwick Roads, Fairhall, Blenheim. The winery and Cellar Door are close to Marlborough's central vineyard area and only a short drive from Blenheim airport.

Open 7 days a week for wine tasting and sales. 10:00am to 5:00pm
(12:00pm to 5:00pm on the weekends between June and September)

Closed on the following public holidays: Christmas Day - 25 December 2013, Boxing Day - 26 December 2013, New Year's Day - 1 January 2014


Villa Maria Auckland Winery

118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere 2153, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0064 9 255 0660

+64 9 255 0666, cellarshop@villamaria.co.nz

Open 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm Weekends.  9.00am to 4.00pm: Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st December 2015

Café and Cellar Door closed on the following dates: New year’s day and January 2nd16th January (Six60)

Tours depart from Cellar Door at 11am and 3pm daily.The tour provides a background history of the winery, and follows the wine making process through to the bottling hall, with videos to illustrate. Cost - $5 per person.

The Auckland Vineyard Café is open 7 days for lunch, serving food and wines

Cloudy bay winery tasting

Visitors to Cloudy Bay's cellar door can purchase a  light lunches of local seasonal cuisine within its outdoor wine lounge and picnics are welcome.

Exclusive and limited release wines are included in the tasting range. Open daily for tastings and sales, 10am to 4pm. Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and until 1pm on Anzac Day.  

A private tasting hosted in The Shack, Cloudy Bay’s on site guest house, by a Senior member of the Cellar Door team is also available. Wines will vary according to guests’ interests, including back vintages upon request. From $110 per person. Bookings required, email for a reservation.

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80 Hammerichs Road, Blenheim 7240, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 (0) 3 579 6430. http://www.rockferry.co.nz/

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Rock Ferry wines is owned by Tom Hutchison and produces wines from three vineyards in the South Island – two in Marlborough and one in Bendigo, one of the warmer sub regions of Central Otago but at an altitude of 400 metres. Rock Ferry are certified organic and also follow biodynamic principles. With this in mind, the land came first in 2005, then four years later once the rhythms of the land were understood, the winery was built and two years after that, Tom and Fiona opened  the cellar door and vineyard café in Marlborough in September 2011.

The café is based around seasonally inspired cooking and the organically grown wines. Open from 10.00am to 4.30pm with lunch available from 11.30am to 3.00pm seven days a week.

Closed all statutory holidays. Email: cafe@rockferry.co.nz, Bookings are recommended for dining.

B&B accommodation is available, see 


Rock Ferry Wines, Blenheim, Tripadvisor


81 Jeffries Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
+64 3-572 8770

Hans Herzog is a family owned New Zealand winery and restaurant and their roots lie in Switzerland where the family has grown wine since 1630. There Hans and Therese owned the successful 'Taggenberg' vineyard and restaurant in the Zurich wine country. Looking for a new challenge, in the mid 1990's they planted an 11 hectare vineyard bordering the Wairau River here in Marlborough and later moved the winery and Michelin-starred restaurant.

Here Hans has adopted an experimentalist stance with grape varieties, including Arneis, Barbera, Tempranillo and Zweigel all organically grown.

The Bistro restaurant is a great way to enjoy the estate wines and the food and there is the cellar door lounge.

Open 14th October to 15th May:
Lunch - Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 3pm ,Dinner - Wednesday to Sunday 6pm to late (last bookings 8pm)

They are open year round for tastings and wine sales - Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and at weekends from mid-October to mid-May from 11am to 4pm.  There is a wine tour every day at 12:30pm and Wednesday to Sunday at 6pm with a tour of the winery and barrel hall together with a tasting of three of Hans' wines. As spaces are limited, bookings are essential. 30 mins Cost: $15pp 

Hans Herzog Blenheim Tripadvisor
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548 Pyramid Valley Rd, Pyramid Valley 7491

The cellar door at Pyramid Valley is open by appointment but with the wines being so good it is worth the effort to contact the winery. All tours and tastings highlight Pyramid Valley Vineyards biodynamic production philosophies and intent in detail.

The tasting room is the oldest building on the property and was originally a 1920’s carriage stable. Open by appointment from October to March (Thursday through Saturday) with tours provided on  Saturday from 9.30am-11.30am. 

There is also the option for visitors to create their own picnic from the winery's deli offerings and to enjoy this in the estate gardens. The platters are a selection of the best cheeses and cured meats that have been put together to match the wines. 

The following options are available:

Option 1 - Tasting of a selection of Pyramid Valley Home Collection and Growers Collection wines. Cost $25 per person.

Option 2 - Tasting of a selection of Pyramid Valley Home Collection and Growers Collection wines complimented by a cheese board prepared from the estate. Cost $45 per person.

Option 3 - Biodynamic vineyard/winery tour and tasting maximum 20 people by appointment every Saturday from 9.30am-11.30am. From October to March. This tour takes you on an extensive journey to experience all that Pyramid Valley has to offer. This is a full estate, vineyard and farm tour followed by an indepth discussion and teaching of how biodynamics is prepared and practiced on the property. This continues into a tour of the winery and teaching of natural winemaking techniques that have been uniquely developed by the estate. This leads into a cellar door tasting of a selection of Home Collection and Growers Collection wines, complimented by a platter prepared from the onsite deli. This personalized tour is run by one of our winemaking team. Bookings are essential. The cost is $70 per person. This is a not to be missed experience for the wine enthusiast.

Bookings can be made at:  info@pyramidvalley.co.nz or by calling Office +64 3 3142006   or  Mobile 027 5004451

Accommodation is also available. Weersings Retreat is our vineyard cottage at the rear of the property that has been luxuriously developed throughout to provide a professional cosy retreat in the country. The cottage can accommodate two people in the queen size bed.

Pegasus Bay Winery, Christchurch

Stockgrove Rd, RD 2, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 314 6869

Visitors to the Pegasus Bay winery can taste a large selection of current vintage wines including many from the reserve range and they say "You will find our cellar door hosts knowledgeable and professional while at the same time friendly, relaxed and accommodating — in true Pegasus Bay style! "

While tasting, guests can take a  look at the barrel hall and wine cellars and at any time could catch a glimpse of what goes on in a true “working winery”. There is usually a selection of aged wines available for sale on the cellar release blackboard selected from the family wine library when they are reaching full maturity. 

There is an excellent restaurant for lunch and dinner with a very good selection of wines or tastings can be done anytime between 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week. The restaurant is open from 12 noon to 4pm, 7 days a week and bookings are recommended (+64 3 314 6869) or restaurant@pegasusbay.com (Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1st and 2nd of January.)

The Waipara Valley is 35 minutes drive north of Christchurch. If approaching from Christchurch, turn right into Stockgrove Road before you enter the Waipara township. The Restaurant and winery are sign-posted on Stockgrove Rd.


Central Otago

Suggested wine tasting routes around Central Otago:

  • From Queenstown to the Gibbston sub-region, travel through to Cromwell, Lowburn and Bannockburn and return. 
  • From Queenstown - through Gibbston, Cromwell/Bannockburn to Wanaka and return via the Crown Range.
  • From Cromwell through Bannockburn, Bendigo, Wanaka,  Lowburn and return to Cromwell.
  • From Alexandra  to Clyde/Earnscleugh, Alexandra and Springvale subregion. 

Chard Farm Winery, Queenstown

205 Chard Rd, Gibbston 9371, New Zealand

Chard Farm was established in 1987 by Motueka brothers Rob & Greg Hay. They were the first to enter the Queenstown area with the intention of setting up a commercial vineyard. Rob studied winemaking in Germany for three years in the early eighties before returning to New Zealand in 1985 to search for the “terroir” that best emulated the cool continental climate and soils of some of the greatest wine producing areas of the world – most notably the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France. That search lead to Central Otago. The winery was constructed in 1993 and has the capacity to process around 250 tonnes of grapes annually with emphasis on whole bunch pressing

A chance to to try pinot noir, pinot gris,chardonnay, gewurztraminer, riesling, sauvignon blanc. 

Chard Farm is on the outskirts of Queenstown, on the way to Wanaka, and Cromwell. The entrance is 100 metres past the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bungy Bridge. 20 minutes drive from Queenstown.


The Cellar door is open for tastings 7 days a week.  Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday/Sunday 11am - 5pm
(closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. Open 1pm Anzac Day).Groups of 6 or more -  ring for an appointment. on  (03) 441 8452

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Bannockburn, R.D., Cromwell, Central Otago, Phone Number: 445 0885


Wooing Tree Vineyard, Cromwell

7 Westmoreland Place, Cromwell, 9310, info@wooingtree.co.nz. Tel +64 3 445 4142

Wooing Tree is a family owned single vineyard site, situated in the heart of Central Otago next to the town of Cromwell. The 26 ha single vineyard site has 18 ha planted in mainly Pinot Noir of multiple rootstocks. The site is owned by Stephen and Thea Farquharson and Stephen's sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Geoff Bews.

A tree on the land called ‘the Wooing Tree’ had long been a popular place for locals to woo their lovers. The impending removal of the tree for the vineyard prompted locals to campaign to save the tree. It turned out it had a special place in locals’ hearts and there were even stories of people being conceived under the tree. When the family learnt of its history and local importance, it was decided the tree had to stay and that this was the obvious name for the vineyard and image for the wine label. Now the tree sits prominently in the middle of the vineyard and it is becoming a popular place for marriage proposals and weddings. 

Cellar Door, open 7 days, 10am to 5 pm, (11am to 4pm May, June and July...Wine Tasting & Sales). Closed Dec 25th, 26th and Jan 1st


Mt. Difficulty Wines, Bannockburn
73 Felton Road, Bannockburn, Cromwell9384 , New Zealand +64 3-445 3445

The Cellar Door at Mt Difficulty has great views of Bannockburn's dramatic rugged rock and thyme landscape since it sits high above the winery on Felton Road, perched on a rocky outcrop looking across the Cromwell basin to Lake Dunstan. The new Cellar Door extension opened in May 2012.

Wine tasting – a full range of Mt Difficulty and Roaring Meg wines to taste (tasting charge is a gold coin – $1 or $2). Casual wine tastings do not require a booking. For wine tasting enquiries contact cellar.door@mtdifficulty.co.nz or phone +64 3 445 3445 ext 1.

Open seven days a week from 10.30am-4.30pm with summer hours operating from Christmas to Easter: 10.30-5.30pm. Closed on January 1st, Good Friday (the Friday prior to Easter weekend), ANZAC Day, April 25th

The Judge Rock vineyard and winery grew from an idea that with love of the land and attention to detail the site would make great Pinot Noir and St Laurent.
They are a very small operation and the only place they are visible is once a week at the OtagoFarmers Market Dunedin on a Saturday morning at the historic railway station. This is their cellar door but a B&B cottage is available to rent. See http://judgerock.co.nz/#about