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Northburn Station, Central Otago – Best of Wine Tourism National Winner


The 2012 winners of the Great Wine Capitals wine tourism awards have just been announced.

This year Northburn Station, a high country sheep station in Central Otago with its own 23ha winery, was judged the best Innovative Wine Tourism Experience in the Christchurch | South Island wine region.

Northburn Platter Lunch

The judge were full of praise for the experience on offer at the 13,500ha station where cellar door visitors can taste a selection of wines alongside a delicious selection of canapés made from the best local produce, much of it sourced from Northburn’s own organic gardens, orchards and farm.

“The setting of Northburn Station’s cellar door, overlooking a trout pond and with stunning views towards Lake Dunstan and the Pisa Ranges, and the hospitable welcome received cap off what is a wonderful winery experience where the best of Central Otago food, wine and landscape is on display,” Dr Fountain says.

Other National winners included:

  • Canterbury’s Melton Estate won the award for the Best Wine Tourism Restaurant.
  • For the second year in a row Yealands Winery has been named as the winner of the regional award for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.
  • Also for the second year in a row Appellation Central Wine Tours has won the regional Christchurch/South Island Wine Tourism Service award but the first time they have been successful in being awarded the international award in their category.

Congratulations to all the 2012 winners.


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