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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
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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. We do not have a restaurant onsite, nor are picnics allowed.

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!

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Worth a Visit and a Taste

This was a great experience. Leslie, the woman who did the tasting, was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. She had us try 6 different wines (or years) from wines produced by... read more

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Ken C
Bar Harbor, Maine
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a great experience. Leslie, the woman who did the tasting, was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. She had us try 6 different wines (or years) from wines produced by the vineyard. She wasn't pretentious as some tastings can be. I was impressed with Rippon's commitment to the environment and their bio-dynamic approach to making wine. I was also impressed... More 

Thank Ken C
Torbay, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The day was perfect. the scenery majestic and the two young ladies who hosted our wine tasting were extremely well informed. Oh! and the tasting was by donation! Delicious wines, all 5 on offer were excellent. We all loved Rippon

Thank Lynn M
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a nice time here - the wine tasting was 6 wines made from grapes grown on site, the lady was energetic, friendly and knew her stuff when it came to how the wines were made etc. I still cannot get over how good the view is, but pity you can't drink a bottle on the grassy hill looking... More 

Thank Ben W
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has one of the most scenic and stunning view I have ever seen for a winery! It sits on a slope, off the Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road and just outside Wanaka, overlooking Lake Wanaka and Ruby Island. The view is a must at this winery even if one does not come here for the wine!

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

Hi - Thanks for the review and appreciation of the view. We think the vines like it too. Here's hoping you did try the wines so you could find out for yourself. Happy travels. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious wines. Super knowledgeable staff. Can't have a glass of wine there due to laws in NZ that if you don't have food you can't serve alcohol which is a huge bummer with these great views. Still worth checking out.

Thank Jake K
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Hi Jake - Cheers for the review ... stoked to hear you enjoyed the wines and the tasting. We've got a great crew in there this summer. Thanks for visiting! More 

Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

5 min drive from Wanaka or about 40 min walk (walk along the lake shore). Can see why it is one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world, the view from it is fantastic. Tasted their wines which are quite good. Specifically liked the Rose. They don't charge for the tasting, instead ask for a cold coin donation which... More 

Thank Rob S
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, Rob. It's always great to hear when visitors have enjoyed their time on the farm, even more so when they say they'll be back for more! Happy travels, look forward to seeing you here on your next pass! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was told this vineyward was a must see place and it really is... but.. unlike nearly every other winery I have visited, they do not sell wine by the glass nor can you buy a bottle and drink it there. This is just the facts. The view is one of the most spectacular I have seen, which made it all... More 

1 Thank friedlock
RipponVineyard, Manager at Rippon Vineyard, responded to this review

Hi Friedlock, thanks both for the review and for coming to visit us. Earlier in the year, we made the decision to keep the focus very much on our core craft of winegrowing meaning that, without food options available, we are unable to offer wine to be drunk on the farm. It's great to see so many people up here... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good place for a visit if you're spending time in Wanaka. The views are beautiful. The wine tasting is a set presentation. You will get to try 6 wines. There is some good background information on the wines. You also have to listen to organic/biodynamic growing practices. The wine tasking is free and they ask for a... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked to the vineyard from Wanaka. We went on the highway but took the trail back that goes to the lake trail. The wine tasting was professionally run and the hostess was very knowledgeable. The problem was the the Pinot Noir wines were not very good. The cheapest "Vin Rouge" in France is much better. The wines lacked sufficient... More 

Thank LesP_Lexington
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

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 

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