Rippon, Wanaka

4.6
#2 of 55 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. Work out when and for how long to visit Rippon and other Wanaka attractions using our handy Wanaka itinerary maker.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Popped in here just 45mins before they closed and they were very friendly, welcoming and ready to give a well detailed tasting session. The views are beautiful as is the building  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    We popped in for a tasting, the staff were knowledgeable and provided a good service. The wine selection was good, we even bought some (normally too tight to spend money on wine). There are great view...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    As locals, we had heard good reports of this restaurant that opens in Rippon Hall during the winter. Finally we tried it, last weekend. It's very good and has a special ambience. At night, in the wint...  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
  • The best winery on the South Island of NZ! Located with sweeping views of Lake Wanaka - this place is a MUST visit

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