Marlborough wine tour
The Marlborough wine regions is made up of three distinct regions, The Wairau Valley, Southern Valleys and the Awatere Valley. These regions have their own soil types and growing conditions which are sort after as the soil types play a big role in how the wine tastes and it aromatics. Approximately 80% of New Zealand grapes are grown in this region, nearly 75% is Sauvignon Blanc.
This tour is designed to give you a cross section of wine from the Southern Valley and Wairau Valley. Visiting the small boutique wineries is a primary aim for our tours.
This tour will take us to three wineries and have platters for lunch.
Starting at 11am from your accommodation, we will travel to Renwick which is the heart of the Marlborough wine region. Many of Marlborough's small producers are based near this small town.
Our first stop will be at the Pinot Gris specialist of Gibson Bridge. A very small boutique winery owned by Howard and Julia Simmons, who are passionate about Pinot Gris and it qualities. The have developed a "bubbles" and aged Pinot Gris to tempt your taste buds, there is also a Red, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer.
Clos Henri, with its direct French connections. Only Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are produced by this small producer. The uniqueness of their land allows them to create two distinct wines from the same vine
A wonderful story of biodiversity is at the for front of their wines and it is possible to taste wine from the home region in France. An old church is the setting for the cellar door.
A 2 hour stop here includes a tour of the vineyard followed by picnic lunch and wine tasting.
Leaving Clos Henri we will travel to Te Whare Ra, meeting Anna Flowerday. A wine maker of huge passion Anna comes to us from Australia. They have developed a wide range wine and with the help of her husband Jason they produce some outstanding wine. A walk around the vineyard and tasting in the barrel room can be a highlight.
Note; if Te Whare Ra is unavailable we will visit ether Spy Valley or Framinghams.
Tour Starts: 11am pick up from Blenheim
Tour Finishes: Approx 4pm return to Blenheim
Fully Guided Private Tour in comfortable air conditioned transport
Winery Tasting Fee
Winery Tour Fee
From $300 per person
(Minimum 2 people maximum 6) .