Handpicked by a Queenstown Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Wineries For Lunch In Queenstown'.

With four wine growing regions all within an hour's drive from Queenstown there are plenty of wineries to visit.  In our list, we've chosen the best wineries for lunch that are within these wine growing regions rather than just Queenstown where the choice is limited.

Akarua Wines & kitchen by Artisan

Mora Wines & Artisan Kitchen team share similar principles…. to deliver the best wine and food experience to customers.  The wine is made in the vineyard and is an integral part in producing the premium Central Otago wines.  Relax over lunch in the beautiful garden setting, be taken through the wines at the onsite Tasting Shed and take your favourites bottles home. The food c...


Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant

Renowned as one of the finest dining experiences in the Queenstown region, Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant offers a Central Otago wine and food experience featuring seasonal selections made of the freshest ingredients and matched with our range of award-winning wines. Open daily from 12 pm to 3 pm. Prepared by Executive Chef Anthony Gradiska, a seasonal menu features carefully selected ingred...

Cloudy Bay

Situated between the bronzed hills of the Northburn Vineyard and the splendid Lake Dunstan, the Cloudy Bay Central Otago Cellar Door showcases the full range of Cloudy Bay wines.  In winter, the burning fireplaces invite visitors to enjoy tasting wines in a cozy and warm atmosphere, while in summer the breathtaking outdoor spaces will appeal to those wanting to indulge in a moment of relax...

Mt Difficulty Winery

Stop by Mt Difficulty, one of Central Otago's major vineyards for a tasting, lunch and to enjoy the extraordinary view. Mt Difficulty is an award winning winery in the rugged Central Otago region.  With some of the oldest vines in the area, Mt Difficulty is able to produce some of the world's tastiest and most complex Pinot Noirs. In addition to the regions most famous varietal, the hot...

Carrick Wines

Carrick Wines is located just outside of Bannockburn, specialising in Pinot Noir. A spacious cellar door welcomes guests while the restaurant enjoys a picturesque setting overlooking the Bannockburn inlet. Established in 1993, the Carrick Vineyard offers tastings and sales of its range of Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Rieslings and Sauvignon Blancs. The onsite restaurant has a decent, local menu, t...

Kinross Tastings

For wine lovers and enthusiasts alike, Kinross offers in-depth wine experiences to showcase exceptional Central Otago wines along with tales of this industrious and proud wine region.   From vineyard visits to barrel tastings, meet the winemaker and more, Kinross are excited to offer these exclusive wine experiences.  Together with our wine partners - Coal Pit, Hawkshead, Valli and Wil...

Mt Rosa Winery

Situated in the renowned Gibbston wine region, Mt Rosa is a new entrant to the Central Otago winery industry which is celebrated for its Pinot Noir grapes. With an area of 36 hectares, Mt Rosa is one of the biggest vineyards in the Gibbston Valley and offers tasting sessions for small and larger tour groups. The team can also organise vineyard tours upon request....


Set on a piece of historic land in Arrowtown, Ayrburn is the spectacular new dining precinct featuring restaurant, bar, tasting room and gelato. Start the day with a coffee, savour a long lunch, sip wines, and soak up the stunning scenery.  End the day with cocktails, and let your hair down in a slice of Queenstown paradise. The Woolshed From hearty fare that comforts th...

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