Are you a wine junkie? If so, you need to have a campervan drive towards Central Otago, one of the regions of New Zealand. To better explore the region for good tasting wines, you could have a stop in Lake Wanaka for a pretty accommodation. The Central Otago region is well known for its Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir is abundant during summer time and the cold season. In fact, it makes up the seventy percent of Central Otago’s wines. But there are also other wines like Pinot Gris, Reisling, and Gerwutztrameiner.
To be able to visit Central Otago’s best vineyards, it’s better to hire a campervan for the great ride. Enjoy yourself while you are inside a campervan heading towards your destination with wonderful scenery. Without further ado, here are some of Central Otago’s best vineyards to quench your thirst for great wine.
The Rippon vineyard is one of Central Otago’s best. It is located just out of the Wanaka area specifically at the Mt. Aspiring Road. If you drive your campervan heading towards the vineyard, you could enjoy viewing the beautiful waters of Lake Wanaka, the mountain ranges from the distance and the vineyard itself. To have a better wine tasting experience, you may have a cheese platter with Rippon’s magnificent Pinot Noir wines. Sit on the bench outside and enjoy the view.
Lazy Dog Vineyard
On the other hand, if you are visiting the town of Cromwell, you may have a stop at the Lazy Dog vineyard. Their best wine is the Chenin Blanc. Pair it together with some of the Lazy Dog’s preserves and relishes. Another great combination for their wine is a freshly smoked salmon or even fried eggs! In Cromwell, you could also visit the Cider House Café for a glass of wine.
Mt. Difficulty Vineyard
Another great vineyard of Central Otago is the Mt. Difficulty vineyard. It is specifically located on a hill in Bannockburn. Aside from its great tasting wines, it is a nice place for everyone to relax since it has an amazing view. The best time to visit the vineyard is during lunch so you could have the opportunity to have a bite of their lunch menu plus a nice sip of wine. There are wild venison, cardrona merino lamb and slow roasted duck. These meals are best with Mt. Difficulty’s Pinot Noir or Pinot Gris.
Peregrine vineyard is situated in the Gibbston Valley. It is a must visit vineyard for its Pinot Noir. It does not only have an excellent Pinot Noir, but the architecture of the place is definitely astounding. In fact, it has won several awards locally and internationally. Aside from the Pinot Noir, they have Resiling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.