1. The Lazy Dog Vineyard & Restaurant
Before we get to specific vineyards, let’s start with this tasting room for five Central Otago vineyards all in one place. The Lazy Dog Vineyard and Restaurant allows visitors to taste wines from the LazyDog Vineyard, Locharburn Estate, Two Degrees Vineyard, Valli Vineyard and more. Sit among their picturesque gardens with a tasting tray and enjoy the views.
Location: 2 Gladsmuir Road, Queensberry (29km from Wanaka)
One of the most famous wineries in Wanaka, Rippon offers divine views of Lake Wanaka to go along with their divine wine tastings. The vineyard has some of the oldest vines in the Central Otago winemaking region and boasts biodynamic farming with no irrigation. The winery is open daily except for in June when only open by appointment.
Location: 246 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka
3. Maori point Vineyard
Make an afternoon out of it by visiting Maori Point Vineyard. This family-owned six-hectare vineyard and winery produces handcrafted wines including Pinot Noir, Riesling and “Gold Digger” sparkling wine. After your wine tasting, you can walk off the wine along the riverbank walks or pair it with a picnic along the river. The winery is open daily in Summer and Thursday to Sunday in winter.
Location: 413 Maori Point Road, Tarras (31km from Wanaka)
4. Maude Wines
The Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc are a must-try at this winery just outside of Albert Town. Maude Wines produces small batch single vineyard wines from a family vineyard in the Maungawera Valley. Taste this unique wine for yourself by booking an appointment for a wine tasting.
Location: Maungavalley Road, Albert Town (14km from Wanaka).
5. Aitken’s Folly
We hardly think that the wine at Aitken’s Folly is a “folly” but try it for yourself at their tasting room just outside of Wanaka. The boutique family vineyard produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Book your tasting in their tasting room by appointment.
Location: Riverbank Road, Wanaka