Experience Overview

Experience an unparalleled, immersive, and private Central Otago wine tasting, like no other. Venture into the magnificent Central Otago wine region and elevate your wine experience to include a private wine tasting and exclusive wine-making session. Go behind the scenes and tour the wine-making facility and barrel room. Later, savor a delectable trust-the-chef lunch in Bannockburn. Your ultimate VIP Wine Experience concludes in the Gibbston region with a private wine tasting, topped off with the exclusive touch of BLACK.

Tour Highlights

  • Back-of-house guided tour through the wine-making areas and temperature-controlled Barrel Room.
  • Private wine tasting with Matt Connell featuring his own wines.
  • A 2-hour wine blending experience hosted by Matt, culminating in a personalized bottle with a bespoke wine label.
  • Trust-the-chef lunch at Bannockburn hotel paired with options from their extensive wine list.
  • Private Valli tasting in Gibbston.

Tour Itinerary

You will be met by your private driver and guide in a luxury vehicle, embarking on a picturesque journey through the vines of Gibbston Valley, through the Kawarau Gorge to Central Otago.

Arrive at Matt Connell Wines, where you’ll meet the esteemed winemaker. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes exploration of the wine-making process, facilities, and the temperature-controlled barrel room. Live your viticulture dreams during a 2-hour Pinot Noir blending experience, crafting a personalised blend to take home.

Your guide will transport you to the heart of the desert, Bannockburn, for a trust-the-chef lunch at the historic Bannockburn hotel. Indulge in a culinary experience featuring local and seasonal ingredients, catering to dietary requirements.

Return to Gibbston for the grand finale – a private Valli tasting at Kinross, putting the finishing touch on your ultimate VIP Wine Experience with BLACK. Enhance your Central Otago wine tour with our ultimate and exclusive VIP and behind-the-scenes Wine Experience.

As always, our tours are tailored to work for you, and this itinerary can be altered and made completely bespoke.