There’s one question that we’re always asked here at BLACK: what’s the best winery in Queenstown?
It’s a wondering that we’re unable to answer straight off the cuff. It ultimately depends on a few factors, including your personal wine preferences, how much time you have available and what you want to experience most when it comes to award-winning New Zealand wines crafted right here in the Queenstown and Central Otago regions.
It’s exactly why we developed our bespoke Queenstown luxury wine tours, so that every single experience lives up to its full potential, that every delightful drop is best savoured and enjoyed. All you need to do is select the tour that appeals the most, tell us about your penchant for pinot or desire for white varietals and we’ll create a completely personalised Queenstown wine and cuisine tour for you.
With BLACK, it goes without saying that you’ll need to travel in style. Allow yourself to be transported around the stunning landscapes of Queenstown and the Central Otago wine region in a luxury European vehicle. Or perhaps a helicopter flight over ethereal snow-capped mountains and crystal-blue lakes sounds more like you?
Our wine tours can be customised to suit your preferences, whether a half day experience, full day experience or adding in something special with a scenic helicopter flight.
Whatever your taste, we’ve got it covered, our wine tours are the go-to for guests who want to experience only the best New Zealand wines, all accompanied by a knowledgeable and qualified wine guide.
When booking a wine tour, the team at BLACK will carefully assess your expectations, be they in food, wine, time or any other tour element. Then, with our years of experience and local connections, we’ll get to work to ensure these expectations are met and exceeded.
The first option is the BLACK Half Day Wine Tour – imagine this: your Mercedes Sprinter vehicle arrives at 11am to pick you up and take you to the spectacular Gibbston region, where you will be treated to private tastings at four cellar doors, as well as a delicious lunch at a top-rated restaurant such as Gibbston Valley, Kinross, Amisfield, or Akarua.
Next the BLACK Full Day Wine Tour takes it one step further in a full day experience designed for wine aficionados. Delve deep into the charming Bannockburn wine region in Central Otago after relishing in the best on offer in the Gibbston region. Both locations have their own unique wines and terroir, and you can dedicate the day to sampling the best on offer at six Queenstown and Central Otago wineries (including a sumptuous lunch at the Bannockburn Hotel, Mt Difficulty or Carrick).
Finally – and this is often described as the “ultimate bucket list” luxury wine tour by many of our past guests – is the BLACK Heli-Wine Tour. An extraordinary day with every detail taken care of, this is the top end Queenstown luxury wine tour reserved only for those serious about wine and cuisine. Your tour begins with door-to-door transport in a late-model Mercedes to a private helicopter where you will be whisked away above the mountains and the clouds to only the most superb vineyards in the lower South Island. Today, the only decisions required are cheeseboard selections and “pinot gris or pinot noir?”