English + Wine

Central Otago is famous with wine experts for having some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world. Other excellent grape varieties include Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Roses and Method Champenoise.

Students study English 15 hours per week Monday to Friday mornings and then have afternoons and weekends free to gain an appreciation of New Zealand wines generally and then a specific understanding of Central Otago wines. They will do this by wine tasting, visiting a variety of wineries in the Gibbston Valley wine region and also Bannockburn, Cromwell & Wanaka wineries. They will visit a wine cave, & also an excellent cheesery.

Visits Include:

  • Wine Taste – Queenstown – tasting of 8 NZ wines followed by 8 Central Otago wines – a great introduction
  • 5-hour tour around Gibbston valley wineries. 4 wineries visited including Gibbston Valley winery, Chard farm, Amisfield & Waitiri Creek.
  • All day tour of Bannockburn & Cromwell wineries.
  • Advice on wines to buy.
  • Combo courses available with golf, art tour & adventure activities available.