Introducing the Cromwell Basin wine tasting tour bringing you an exceptional experience that begins with the inviting aroma of leather as the passenger doors of our classic 1988 300SE Mercedes are opened for you and up to three of your travel companions to relax into its class leading luxury and the smooth driving of your host, Bob Hewitt.


The aroma of leather, the bouquet of wine

Qualmark Accredited Cromwell Classic Car Wine Tours is unique among Central Otago wine tasting tours. This is no whirlwind mini-bus wine tour crammed with strangers, but two to four friends, associates or family travelling in the leather upholstered comfort and style of a classic 1988 300SE Mercedes S-class.

At the wheel is Cromwell Classic Car Wine Tours owner and tour guide Bob Hewitt who takes guests on a leisurely excursion through the Cromwell and Alexandra Basins where over 70% of Central Otago’s vineyards produce world-leading Pinot Noir and other wines.

Inclusive in the Cromwell Classic Car Wine Tours $NZ325 per person package is Mercedes pick up and return to wherever the two to four person group is staying or living in the Wakatipu Basin (Queenstown, Shotover Country, Lake Hayes, Arrowtown), Wanaka (Albert Town, Lake Hawea), Cromwell and Alexandra (Clyde).

Each once-a-day tour features tastings at four wineries and lunch platter. To secure the Qualmark Accredited tour that’s unique amongst Central Otago wine tasting tours simply click ‘Book Now’ on this website. Please select a date 24 hours in advance.

The Cromwell Basin is a tourist destination in itself with a remarkable number of attractions that include Highlands Motorsport Park, The Stoaker Room for wine barrel cooked delights, the start/finish of the Lake Dunstan Trail, Cromwell Heritage Precinct where you’ll find Pinot Junction and Penny Black (for Central Otago’s most amazing cocktails) and for pie lovers, Sanga’s Gourmet Pies is not to be missed. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Separated from the Cromwell Basin by a steep gorge cut by the mighty Clutha/Mata-Au River, New Zealand’s second longest river, the Alexandra Basin is where in the 1860s Central Otago’s first vineyard was planted by French goldminer Jean Feraud.  To this day, his Monte Christo Vineyard is producing high quality wines well worth tasting. While in the Alexandra Basin there’s no chance of losing track of time. Just look up at the giant clock on the hill.

Cromwell Classic Car Wine Tours is a project of passion for Mercedes-Benz enthusiast Bob Hewitt.

Cromwell Basin is home to 20% of New Zealand's wineries with the Alexandra Basin home to the Central Otago wine industry.

At only $NZ325 (incl GST) per person with pick-up, wine tour and return in our classic 1988 300SE Mercedes-Benz.

If you have any enquiries regarding Cromwell Classic Car Wine Tours, please phone or email us.

Cromwell Basin is home to 20% of New Zealand's wineries with the Alexandra Basin home to the Central Otago wine industry.

We believe the importance of wines produced in the Cromwell and Alexandra Basins is all too often overshadowed on wine labels by the all-encompassing words: Central Otago
Despite its relatively small geographical size, Central Otago has a surprisingly wide range of temperature variations, rainfall, sunshine hours, soils, height above sea level, and other factors, that coupled with the art of the wine maker, influence ‘the appearance’, ‘the nose’ and ‘the palate’ of wine.
For these reasons, our focus at Cromwell Classic Car Wine Tours are the Cromwell and Alexandra Basins sub-regions.
Only around 35km long and about 15km at its widest point, the Cromwell Basin has Central Otago’s largest concentration of vineyards and wineries.
The Alexandra Basin is recognised as the world’s southern-most wine sub-region. It is also the home of Central Otago’s first vineyard.


our tours

Collection from Cromwell, Queestown, Wanaka, Alexandra or Clyde. Riding in our 1988 300SE Mercedes around Cromwell’s best wineries for the day.

Wine flights and tasting at four different wineries over the day. Chosen from over fifty different local wineries

Platter Lunch at a local vineyard with wine pairing.

We will contact you once you make a booking to confirm your tour plan.

book your tour with us today

Our 1988 300SE Mercedes and Cromwell and Alexandra Basins wines are to be enjoyed and savoured at a leisurely pace by a maximum of four guests. Each wine tour is at least four hours plus pick up and return travel times for Queenstown (2hrs), Wanaka/Hawea (1.5hrs) and Clyde/Alexandra(1 hr). Generally we like to be back in Cromwell to start a tour at 11.30am.