I will be in New Zealand for a conference and wanted to take some trips to visit wineries. The conference is in Dunedin, but I will spend a few days in Queenstown after the conference is over. There is a possibililty that I can spend a day in Christchurch also.
I have searched this board for food recs and found some good threads. However, I couldn't find any posts written by people who have visited the wineries for wine tastings. I am also wondering whether or not I should pay a tour company to go on one of their winery trips (although I am a bit skeptical of that since I live near Napa, CA and like the drive-around-and-stop-at-whatever-winery-you-find approach).
In any case, I am looking for recs for wineries to visit. I like red wines and only some white wines (rieslings-gewurtz-dessert). I think I generally prefer French reds over California reds, but I'm still in the process of figuring that out. In terms of price, I'd like to visit wineries that have affordable wines (US$20) as well as a few that have expensive wines.
Thanks in advance!