The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s True South Dining Room has been awarded a 2018 Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.

True South Dining Room has a comprehensive collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines and vintage offerings. Wines from world-renown chateaux Romanee Conti, Chateau d’Yquem,  along with offerings from Central Otago, New Zealand, Australia and Italy in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the hotel and restaurant’s Bordeau Wine Lounge. The Rees Hotel hosts regular exclusive Winemaker’s Culinary Series Dinners that are hosted by General Manager Mark Rose. ” True South Dining Room gives ongoing support to local vineyards through their Winemaker’s Culinary Series dinners throughout the year. The award is important as it gives recognition to the effort put into building and maintaining a first-class cellar while confirming True South Dining Room as one of New Zealand’s best dining experiences,” says Mark.

The Wine Spectator awards recognises outstanding wine lists, with recipients hailing from 70 countries. The awards are designed to elevate wine selection and service around the globe and encourage programs that complement a variety of cuisines, settings and prices. The Best of Award of Excellence seeks wine lists which display breadth across multiple wine growing regions, offer 350 or more selections and restaurants that show a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.

The hotel also offers Heli Wine Tasting Experiences hosted by Mark. Guests can enjoy 180 degree panoramic views of Queenstown from a six seater helicopter, a gourmet lunch and sample a variety of award-winning wines from local regions.

The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a five-star hotel situated on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. The True South Dining Room is focused on providing customers with an elegant dining experience. To accompany the wine list, the restaurant offers a menu based mainly on local produce with food also sourced from high quality suppliers in Christchurch.

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