8. Giles Guided Tour - Local Wine Tours
Giles Guided Wine Tour This is a private wine tour for up to 4 people. Indulge in a day of wine tasting in the Waipara Valley, part of the North Canterbury Wine Region which is about 75km (46miles) north of Christchurch. The area is renowned for its warm, dry climate and limestone-rich soils — ideal for growing the premium quality grapes that produce world class, multi award-winning wines and some of New Zealand’s best wines. Following your pickup in central Christchurch, your guide takes you on the 45-minute drive to Waipara. Visit wineries and tasting rooms during a fully guided tour of up to four boutique vineyards. Many of these wineries are not available to the larger tour groups and offer an intimate, one on one, tasting experience. You will be able sample some of the finest wines in NZ, and enjoy a lunch of your choice. You can choose to have a winery platter, a gourmet degustation “long lunch” meal or just a handmade pie at one of the wineries. Naturally all dietary requirements can be catered for. The Wineries: Pegasus Bay Winery: Sustainable viticulture brings out the complex flavours and fruit characters of the wines, featuring world renowned Pinot Noirs, several different Rieslings, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and extraordinary dessert wines. Greystone Wines: This is the most awarded winery in North Canterbury. Varieties include Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pet Nat, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay – also the home of the famous four course/five wines long lunch. The Bone Line Winery: Most definitely off the beaten track this is one of the most extraordinary wine tastings anywhere in New Zealand. Varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Rieslings Torlesse Winery: Two ranges produced from 4 vineyard sites including the Winery Block and the Mackenzie Vineyards. Varieties include Gewurztraminer, Albarino and 10 year old Tawny. Terrace Edge Wines: – A dramatic landscape captured in liquid form. A truly boutique winery – taste the award-winning wines including St Laurent, Syrah and liquid Geography Riesling. Important Information Departure Point - Tour departs from a central Christchurch pick-up point at 10.15am. Duration - Allow 6 hours with lunch Return Details - Returns to original departure point, unless otherwise arranged, at about 4.15pm. Wine tastings – You will pay for your own wine tastings (usually $10/$15 per winery) Lunch – You will preselect a lunch option and pay for your own lunches at the winery Pick-up Drop off - pickup and drop-off is in central Christchurch – other pick-up places, such as the port of Lyttelton, can also be arranged but might incur a small fee. Tutored tastings with a knowledgeable guide Number of guests – 1 to 4 – this can be increased to 6 by arrangement. Wineries and lunch are subject to availability on the day and will be pre-arranged by Giles Tours. Cancellation - 48 hours notice is required for refund or rebook.