Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour

Duration: Full Day
Time: 10am to 5:30pm
Inclusions: Hotel transfers, private guide, Cardrona Distillery tour and wine tastings
Additional: Lunch (various options based on your preference)

Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour

This morning I will pick you up at your accommodation for the Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour. We will drive up over the Crown Range towards Cardrona and stop for an amazing photo shot looking back towards the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. It is then a short drive through the Cardrona Valley until we arrive at the Cardrona Distillery and Museum.

Cardrona Distillery Tour

Cardrona Distillery is located in a beautifully designed group of buildings housing the very best in copper stills to make beautifully crafted spirits. The spirits are hand-crafted from scratch starting with just malted barley, water, and yeast. We will begin the Classic Distillery Tour which takes us on a journey through the working distillery and barrelhouse and finishes with a tutored tasting of Cardrona Distillery’s artisan spirits.

It is a proud tradition that many distilleries offer casks for Private filling each year. The Cardrona Distillery is carrying on this fine tradition by offering a small number of cask for filling with new make spirit that will mature into the single malt whisky. Cardrona Private Cask purchasers will savour the taste of their own single barrel expression of this special and rare southern spirit.

Cardrona Hotel

Established in 1863 the Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most iconic hotels and is one of only two remaining buildings from the Cardrona Valley gold rush era. We will stop here for a walk through the historic hotel and take that iconic photo shot before we have lunch at your choice of restaurant!

Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour

Cardrona Hotel

Lunch Recommendations

Cardrona Hotel – offers traditional pub favourites with a twist, using the freshest seasonal produce from the region. Learn more
Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant – offers a seasonal menu featuring carefully selected ingredients that reflect local flavours with both an à la carte menu and 2 course wine matched options. Learn more
Amisfield Bistro – multi-award winning restaurant offers a 3 course ‘Trust the Chef’ lunch with optional wine matching. Learn more

Gibbston wine region

After lunch, we will journey through the Gibbston wine region which is also known as the ‘Valley of the Vines’ due to the vineyards being planted between the rugged schist mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge.

You will visit some of the top wineries and cellar doors in Gibbston and you will also discover and learn more about the Central Otago wines.

Queenstown Wine & Cardrona Distillery Tour