Rippon, Wanaka

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#2 of 75 in Wineries in South Island
Set lakeside against the rolling blue hills and light blue waters, the winery of Rippon is a treat for the eyes and the palate. The vineyard takes advantage of Central Otago's unique climate--the only continental climate in all of New Zealand. The high UV light, long hours of sunshine, and refractive soil yield pinot noir, Riesling, sauvignon blanc, and gamay noir. Learn about the history of the wine and this biodynamic winery through a wine tasting session led by a knowledgeable guide. Plan to visit Rippon during your Wanaka vacation using our convenient Wanaka holiday planning tool .
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  • We visited this winery on the way up from Queenstown to Mt. Cook, upon the recommendation of Food & Wine magazine. As other reviewers have said, you cannot beat the amazing view from the tasting room....  more »
  • We have been made aware by our host on the daily free wine tastings at Rippon. Once there we were almost knocked by the outstanding views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains. If you have not much to the hat with wine, simply worth an excursion to Rippon. The wine tasting also convinced us. In groups of a few guests five different wines were offered to us (four white and one red). This information to the individual wines were told by Leslie. After you have the opportunity to buy wine of course. Also, Leslie has superbly accompanied us. Many thanks!
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  • Very informative tasting which was free. Bought a bottle of pinot noir to bring home and cellar. View from winery over the Vineyard and the lake was amazing.  more »
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  • This is a beautiful place that I guess every Wanaka visitor will end up checking it out anyway. The location is on the hill overlooking the lake. It claims to be the 'most photographed vinyard in the world', which I don't want to argue - it does have spectacular view especially when the day is nice. however to my taste, their wine is rather ordinary and over priced. They claim all the wine making specifics which I am not sure how much sense it is making... they brag that don't irrigate their vines, how does this improve the fruit or the wine? or just leaving the fruit quality to the random? the staff claimed that they used the yeast 'from the plant' not using wine maker yeast, is this a taste driven decision or just a marketing term? They don't have a big production given the size of their vineyard and I am sure Rippon will sell everything at cellar door at the premium. I am sure many will enjoy the view while appreciating the wine and cheese plate in a sunny afternoon there. Unfortunately to me the wine there fails into average quality range. I will go there for a nice bunch of lake photos and keep look for my wines from elsewhere.
  • Beautiful spot for an afternoon drink. Make a day of it and walk the Millennium track from town. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. 🐶
  • Walked here from town on a nice lake path. Great views from the winery and plenty of space to enjoy a drink and picnic outside. Whites were surprisingly good, especially the Rieslings.
  • Incredible location with amazing views, perfect for weddings. Highlight of their wine selection is the Osteiner. Tastings are by donation and I recommend you grab an outside table and have a cheese platter while you're there to make the most of the view.l
  • AMAZING views! Reservations are recommended for the wine tastings, although if you are a small group I'd say you can just stop by and join one of the tastings that take place every 10-15 min. We just walked in and one was just starting. The tastings are free and they only ask you to make a donation to a conservation cause if you'd like. The wine was very good and we purchased a bottle of the pinot noir. Now, the major PRO of this place is the view.... you cannot get views like that anywhere else!

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