The 4 Barrels walking trail starts at the beautiful Misha’s Vineyard in Cromwell, Central Otago.
Photo: Misha’s Vineyard

 

If your looking for a new way to experience some of Central Otago’s top wine producers then the new 4 Barrels Walking Trail could be just your thing.

The new walking wine trail, provides an easy way for wine-lovers to visit four of Central Otago’s top wine producers on foot. The self-paced 8-kilometre loop trail includes Misha’s Vineyard, Aurum Wines, Scott Base and Wooing Tree Vineyard.

Of course it probably goes without saying that you will take in some excellent scenery on this trip however, and depending on your rate of enjoyment, we need to advise that the views can become a little blurry towards the end.

The trail takes visitors through orchards and around Lake Dunstan in this region which is famous for its pinot noir as well as producing other varietals with a distinctive taste.

The total walking time on the trail is approximately 90 minutes and can be completed in 3.5 hours including tasting stops. At three of the tasting rooms there are lunch and platters available.

If you prefer, you can also bring your own picnic and find a scenic spot to ejoy it in.

“Together we offer an incredibly diverse range of wines which really showcases the depth and diversity of this amazing winegrowing region” said Misha Wilkinson, Director of Misha’s Vineyard.

As well as tasting Central Otago’s famous pinot noir, wine selections include pinot gris, rosé, Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, riesling, sparkling and dessert style wines, port, and even a beer option at one of the tasting rooms.

The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail brochure includes a uniquely illustrated trail map designed by South American artists Marcelilla Pilla and Leandro Baud, who now live in New Zealand. Walkers are encouraged to visit all four tasting rooms to gain a stamp on the brochure’s passport page in order to enter the quarterly draw to win a mixed case of wine from the participating wineries.

The initiative for this walking wine trail was prompted by the increase in the number of tasting rooms that have opened in close proximity to Cromwell’s town centre as well as the rise in tourism across the region.

The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail brochure includes an illustrated trail map designed by South American artists Marcelilla Pilla and Leandro Baud, who now live in New Zealand.