Taste Queenstown’s iconic Pinot Noir and explore a new generation of local craft beers.
Welcome to the heart of the Central Otago Wine Region, internationally celebrated for our full-bodied pinot noir, our aromatic whites and home to some of the best wineries in New Zealand.
With Gibbston's world-renowned winemakers just a 25 minute drive from Queenstown, and 200 Central Otago wineries within an hour's drive, you're perfectly located to taste the terroir of the world's southernmost wine region.
Our austere mountainous landscapes, schist soils and river gravels grow hardy vines and long hot summers ripen intensely flavoured fruit.
Queenstown is the gateway to the Central Otago wine region, with its six sub-regions: Gibbston, Cromwell/Pisa/Lowburn, Bannockburn, Bendigo, Wanaka and Alexandra. Each subregion has its own distinct climate, with nearby Gibbston the highest and coolest.
The first grapes were planted near Queenstown in 1864. But over a century would pass before local wine pioneer Alan Brady of Gibbston Valley became the founder of today’s famous Central Otago wine scene.
Today, our award-winning wines are joined by a vibrant craft beer scene. From Altitude Brewing’s peated stout to Lake & Wood’s horopito Saison, breweries in Queenstown use local ingredients to brew distinctive regional ales.