Alpine Wine Tours is a local family business founded by Emma Chisholm.

With family connections to Queenstown and the wider Otago region dating back nearly 60 years, local knowledge and family heritage means we offer guests a genuinely authentic Kiwi hospitality experience in ‘their’ backyard.

The passionate team has a love for guiding, Central Otago’s unique wine trail and the tourism industry.

Emma Chisholm

Founder & Operations Manager

Emma is the third generation of the Chisholm family to work in Queenstown’s vibrant tourism industry. Her grandmother came to Queenstown in 1966 when Emma’s father was ten years old, working aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw steamship before moving to Skyline Queenstown when the Gondola was first installed. Emma’s father continues to work in tourism to this day.

Emma’s passion for wine stems from sunny afternoons spent exploring wine regions across the globe including Tuscany, Porto, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and on home soil, from Waiheke Island to Marlborough, Waitaki and, of course, Central Otago.

She loves to share her wine knowledge and meet new people, offering visitors and locals a memorable experience in the region she knows so well.

Emma gained merit in her WSET Level 2 qualification which is globally recognised from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.