20. A self-guided walking tour of Central Otago's wineries
Wine and dine your way through New Zealand with these magnificent locations: here is No. 20 of our 101 Reasons To Stop Dreaming About New Zealand And Go.
Without stopping, you could probably knock off the eight-kilometre route of the 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail in around 90 minutes, strolling past Cromwell vineyards alongside Lake Dunstan, and through Central Otago orchards growing the pick of New Zealand’s stone fruit. It would be a very pleasant walk, but a few stops along the way make it even better.
Pick up a free map at the first stop, Misha’s Vineyard, before continuing on a self-paced walking tour incorporating three more of the area’s best wine-tasting rooms.
Mix and match your own eating and drinking experience – maybe a vineyard platter with Misha’s The Soloist pinot rosé or goat’s cheese and honey with the Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling at Scott Base – before a final stop for dessert of truffles from the Seriously Good Chocolate Company and the sparkling surprise of Wooing Tree Vineyard’s NV Blondie & Co. bubbles.
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