Cellar Doors to showcase wine experiences

Ally Mondillo, Mondillo Vineyards (left) chats with local wine tour operator Julie Nicholson, Funny French Cars. Mondillo Vineyards will be one of the vineyards showcasing their wines at the Cellar Door Experiences event next week in Wānaka.

Next week Central Otago wineries will be showcasing their wine tourism experiences to accommodation providers and tourism operators in the Wānaka region. Ten wineries from around Central Otago will be offering wine tastings and providing information about their cellar doors at ‘Cellar Door Experiences’ being held at Edgewater Water Resort on Tuesday November 12. 

Wine Tourism is an important and growing part of the overall Central Otago tourism experience. Event organiser, Natalie Wilson from Central Otago Winegrowers stated, “Working with other tourism industry partners is key to growing tourism in the region. We’ve run these events in Cromwell, Alexandra and Queenstown with a great response from both wineries and operators, so we are really keen to bring the event to Wānaka. 

“If we all know what tourism experiences are available for the upcoming tourist season, we are better able to promote those experiences.”

Ally Mondillo from Mondillo Vineyards will be one of the participating wineries and sees the benefit to the region of running these events. “These events are about bringing locals up to speed on what our region has to offer visitors.”

There are over 60 cellar doors open to the public or by appointment throughout the Central Otago region. At year end January 2019, 3.88 million visitors arrived in New Zealand of which 24 percent visited a winery or vineyard. 

Cellar Door Experiences will be held on Tuesday November 12 at Edgewater Resort.  Tourism operators and accommodation providers are welcome to drop in from 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

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