Is Wanaka the best spot in New Zealand for a Wine Holiday?

Wanaka – a perfectly positioned town set in the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps. A resort town in Central Otago, New Zealand known for its skiing, hiking and the always beautiful Lake Wanaka, but what you may not know is that this region also has a reputation for producing excellent wine.  

If you are wondering when the best time to come, why not plan a holiday in autumn?  Spending a few days in Wanaka in autumn (or fall as our overseas friends will say) might just be the perfect time to visit, there is something different about this time of year, winter is on the horizon, the leaves are changing their colours and are falling softly into piles for kids (and adults) to play in. It is all about those crisp mornings, warm days, and cool evenings. Autumn is also harvest time for the local wineries, while the leaves are falling, the hidden fruit is revealed, picked, and plucked ready to send to the winemaker. This time of year provides you the most opportune time to taste some of New Zealand’s finest wines.

After the events of the past year, taking time away to refresh and relax might be just the thing you are looking for, and if you are looking for a Central Otago escape, a winery holiday, or a weekend away, then you can’t go past Wanaka and all that the highly regarded wineries have to offer. The climate of Central Otago is the ideal place for growing good quality grapes which results in brilliant wines that you will simply fall in love with, and with so many wineries available to visit you may want to start planning your next trip, or even multiple trips. Plus, it is the perfect location for those ladies’ weekend getaway.

Speaking of what is to offer, earlier this year we held the inaugural “Ripe – the Wanaka Wine and Food Festival” This festival was all about showcasing and celebrating all the best wine and food in the Central Otago region. An experience that was not to be missed and a great time was had by everyone who attended. You can check out all the fun moments from this year’s event on our photo page. I am sure everyone is counting down the days until the next one, we certainly are!

So why not get your diary’s, and start planning your next adventure, even check out Ripe – the Wanaka Wine and Food Festival happening next year over the Otago Anniversary weekend. The perfect time to relax with friends, enjoy a glass of sav, or pinot noir and enjoy the food that is available. You deserve it after all.

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