Mt Michael Lodge offers guests an exclusive EV (electric vehicle) wine tour that is not open to the general public. Tours will visit up to 4 local vineyards plus 1 lunch venue of your choice as the last destination on your tour. The duration of the wine tour is 2.0 to 2.5 hours or where lunch is selected, a pick up and return to Mt Michael Lodge by specific arrangement.
Private Wine Tour
Mt Michael Lodge are pleased to offer their guests an exclusive wine tasting and culinary experience. You will be chauffer driven by the owners to a selection of vineyards that over a 2-hour period culminating, if you so elect, in a lunch at one of our top vineyard restaurants.
To assist you in planning your itinerary we have selected a number of options in the area, that our experience both personally and from prior guests, which we believe are good examples of the wines made in the region and at the same time provide diversity in style and varieties.
While the historic vineyard from 2004 to 2016 surrounds the Mt Michael Lodge, the label sources excellent fruit from around the region to produce the Mountainair Range of wines. The full range of central Otago wines are produced under the label and proved excellent value for money. The wines continue to be successful in New Zealand International Wine shows this range gives a real value for money selection of both red and wines. Library wine from the Lowburn Vineyard can be purchased by guests during the stay.
Misha’s vineyard sits on the slopes of Mt Dunstan above Lake Dunstan, but the tasting rooms are off vineyard. Producing a range of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rose’ and Pinot Noir. Recently their Gris was selected by Air New Zealand for business class service on its international flights. Misha’s continues to build on its past history and is producing some solid wines that are value for money.
Central Otago Vineyards
Central Otago is the southernmost wine region in the world and covers over 10,000 square kilometres. It is the most inland region of New Zealand. What makes this region unique is its landscape, the glaciated soils laid down over 1 million years ago, its low rainfall (300mm to 600mm), and a diurnal range of 20 degrees Celsius during summer.
While the first vines were planted here in 1879 by goldminers and a successful wine made from the vintage, the region had to wait until the late 1970’s to see vineyards start to flourish. Today we have over 80 vineyards, with an average size of 1.8 hectares. The predominant grape varietal is Pinot Noir (78%) with the balance being cold climate Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. The region has 6 significant sub regions that impart distinct characteristics to the varietals that are grown in each sub-region.