Rest of South Island

Rest of South Island Travel Guide

Established in 1989, Highfield is more than a winery—it's also a restaurant and a one-room B&B. Sit on the terrace and try a glass of the 2004 Sauvignon Blanc—a perfect complement to a hearty seafood-and-saffron chowder.

Bike the 23 miles through New Zealands wine country.

Her 2003 Block 36 Reserve Pinot Noir has received gold medals in two U.S. wine competitions; the intensely aromatic 2005 Vineyard Select Sauvignon Blanc is bound to take home future awards.

The tip of the Otago Peninsula is home to the Westpac Royal Albatross Centre, the world's only mainland breeding colony for the formidable birds, which can live longer than 60 years and have a wingspan of 10 feet or more.

The vintner, Clive Jones, occasionally makes small batches of Sauvignon Blanc that are not sold anywhere else.

Now owned by Moët Hennessy, Cloudy Bay is increasingly known for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, and an extraordinary cellar-aged Sauvignon Blanc called Te Koko.

Vintners Jason and Anna Flowerday unveil their latest vintages as if they're introducing their children. Gewürztraminer is the specialty here, but the Sauvignon Blanc is also excellent—the peppery flavors of the 2004 have given way to softer herbal notes in the 2005.

Allan Scott's cellar door, or wine-tasting area, looks like an old-world French tavern. The standouts here are a citrusy 2004 Riesling and a subtle Prestige Chardonnay from 2002 with hints of butterscotch.

Starting in Wellington and ending in Queenstown, this nine-day tour covers much of the natural landscape of New Zealand’s South Island.