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Rippon Vineyard

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Address: 246 Mt Aspiring Rd, Wanaka, New Zealand
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+64 3-443 8084
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11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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On the shores of Lake Wanaka, Rippon has been farmed by the Mills family...

On the shores of Lake Wanaka, Rippon has been farmed by the Mills family for 4 generations. Our vineyard cellar door offers tastings of a selection of wines all grown and produced on our lakeside vineyard. While we do not have a restaurant onsite or picnic facilities, we do offer a selection of light platters that, on a fine weather day, can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the vineyard. For groups of more than 6 people, we ask that you call ahead to ensure that we are able to accommodate you for a tasting. We look forward to seeing you at the vineyard when you are in Wanaka! PLEASE NOTE: The farm and cellar door will be closed for our annual break in June. Where possible, with some notice, we are able to make tasting appointments, charges apply at this time. We reopen to the public from July. Thank you!

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Fantastic wines, superb views!

The Rippon Vineyard is on a stunning piece of land! Walk along the lakefront path from Wanaka center to really have the full experience. You will want to spend time enjoying the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Rippon Vineyard is on a stunning piece of land! Walk along the lakefront path from Wanaka center to really have the full experience. You will want to spend time enjoying the gorgeous views as well as the terrific wines. The staff upbeat and helpful too. We were lucky enough to meet Lois (who started the vineyard with her husband... More 

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Thank JosieBoston
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Hi Josie - Cheers for the visit and lovely review! Great to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the wines. Also great to hear you got to meet Lois ... the farm always feels more complete when she's around. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday! More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been here before and had a great experience. However, the second time round was so disappointing as you can no longer sit outside and enjoy the bottle of wine you just purchased with a meat and cheese platter. The best thing about this winery was being able to enjoy a leisurely afternoon looking at the amazing view and... More 

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Thank Lotzi88
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Expectation is often hard to live up to ... especially when changes are made. The decision to remove food wasn't made lightly. We still encourage our guests to sit down, relax and enjoy the view, simply without the food. I apologise that you felt rushed. More 

Porto, portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The winery is set for mass tourism. Every group hears the same "recorded story" about Rippon wines. No personal touch. The wines are medium quality (very unpleasant terroir for vines). It seems that word and ideia of the winery being "organic" is more important then "wine", and that always ends bad. So stop talking about "organic" and "bio-everything" and start... More 

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Thank Maciej H
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

It seems expectation of experience is equally as variable as individual's palates. It is unfortunate you did not enjoy your experience here. We hope you have found other wines and experiences on your travels which better suit your preference and expectation. More 

Maunawili, HI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is quite possibly the most spectacular place to sit and have a glass of delicious wine. Don't miss it!

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Thank Erik B
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Hi Erik - Thanks for the review! However, outside of the wine tasting, which is generally performed standing, we don't allow any drinking on-site. Do come back for another tasting though ... hopefully you will enjoy the view without the glass. More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from northern California, the land of Napa Valley and wine snobbery, Rippon is almost too good to believe. First, the wines are outstanding - absolutely amazing (and that's not just our opinion - check out the Wine Advocate and other respected industry critics). Second, the tasting is FREE (which almost never happens in California). We tasted about six or... More 

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Thank aml888
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Wow ... thanks heaps for writing such a thorough and delightful review. It's incredibly rewarding to know what we're doing here is noticed, understood and appreciated. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit ... and the riesling (one of my particular favourites!). Please do come back for another whenever you can. More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbles across this gem literally just walking down the road, and decided to walk in. First off the views were spectacular overlooking the lake. We walked in just in time for the VERY knowledgeable host to give us a little wine tasting. Suprised it was based on donation to their tree replanting efforts. Studying sustainability their efforts were truly great... More 

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Thank Skcivkwkacy
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your visit ... it was more than our pleasure! We have an outstanding Cellar Door team this year. And I think it's easier to be genuine when one believes in what they're doing. Happy to hear it shows ... cheers! More 

Köping, Västmanlands Län, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to visit to judge by your self. The vineyard is located 10-15 minutes drive outside Wanaka. They have an open cellardoor and can offer lighter meals.

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Thank Michael A
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Hi Michael - Cheers for the review ... we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. Just a quick clarification though ... we do not offer any food through the Cellar Door. The decision was recently made to not dilute our focus with food sales; so it is now simply wine tastings and sales. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made the pleasant walk up from Wanaka lakeside to taste wines and buy. A private event (wedding) meant at least half a dozen security guys prevented even enjoyment of the view - stunning - and rushed though informative wine tasting really dampened our enthusiasm. Please either signal private or provide facilities for your core business, somewhere to sit enjoy the... More 

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Thank leoniew5558
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Hi - I'm sorry to hear you had a less than amazing visit. We are smack in the middle of wedding season and are unfortunately limited on space. We do try to manage the crowds to the best of our ability however it seems on the day of your visit we fell short. I hope you at least made it... More 

Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I visited Rippon Vineyard for their free wine tasting. We walked to Rippon from town. We followed the path along the lake - just follow the path until you see the sign for Rippon Vineyard Cellar Door. They offered 6 different wines and provided a history of the vineyard and a description of each of the wines.... More 

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Thank globaladventures2017
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're always happy to hear when people enjoy their time at the farm. Here's hoping you enjoyed the wines as much as the view! Cheers - More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Great amazing views from the vineyard. The wines were not my favourite but you have to go at least for the views.

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Thank Lavinia1001
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Hi Lavinia - Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We absolutely appreciate the difference in palate preference amongst tasters ... very few wines suit everyone. Happy to hear you still enjoyed the visit though ... cheers! More 

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