For general information on New Zealand wines and wineries, refer to New Zealand Wines
Arblaster and Clarke Wine Tours are UK based and were established by Tim Clarke and his wife Lynette Arblaster in 1986. They pioneered the whole concept of wine tourism in many parts of Europe. They present themselves as the world’s leading specialist wine tours operator (which I would agree with) and run wine tours to all of the major wine countries with fixed departure dates. They also run champagne weekends, vineyard walks and wine cruises. Many of their wine guides are masters of wine.
Appellation Central Wine Tours is based in Queenstown in the South Island. The company was founded as Central Otago Wine Tours by Philip Green, who has a WSET Diploma of Wine, and Wendy Johnston in 1999. The name change occurred in 2005. Their major focus is day tours in the Central Otago wine region. Specialty day tours involving nature walks, golf, rail travel or helicopter transport are also available.
Grape Escape is based in Napier, Hawkes Bay and is owned and operated by Greg Beachen who has worked for many years in the wine and tourism industry in New Zealand and the UK. He specializes in a variety of guided day wine tours of Hawke’s Bay including a helicopter option, and multi day guided food and wine trips throughout New Zealand ranging from 2 to 12 days. Self-guided tours can also be arranged.