Discover the fantastic wineries of Marlborough, New Zealand and the amazing wines of the region with this half-day wine tour.
Marlborough in known around the world for its unique fresh, fruity and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc wine. The second variety of the region is Pinot Noir, with Marlborough being the largest Pinot Noir producer in New Zealand.
The largest wine producing region in New Zealand, Marlborough has around 150 wineries and 30 tasting rooms. This tour explores a number of these wineries, but with a focus on family-run wineries offering a real taste of Marlborough.
You will visit five wineries and enjoy wine tastings at each.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in the Blenheim area.
There will be a stop for lunch at Allan Scott Family Estate, followed by a wine tasting. Allan Scott was involved in the initial planting in the Marlborough Region. Learn about the region and its history and taste four wines from a Method Traditionelle bubbles, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Rose, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Next, you will visit Nautilus Estate, a family-owned winery offering a variety of wines to try. You will taste five wines (Method Traditionelle, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, Chardonnay, Rose and Pinot Noir).
Then, discover Framingham Estate, known in the Marlborough region for their Riesling wines. Here you get to taste five wines which are usually Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling, Medium Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. After the tasting you will go into their cellar for a discussion on Screw cap seal versus Cork seal for the wines. The tour will end in the vines where your guide will educate you on pruning, planting and harvesting in Marlborough.
Next stop will be at No1 Estate, a Method Traditionelle specialist (Champagne in all but name), and unique in New Zealand as the only winery that only makes Method Traditionelle wine and no still wine. Here you will get to taste two or three of their wines made from the Traditional grape varieties of Champagne being Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
The final visit of the day is at Lake Chalice, a small winery bought by St Clair Family estate. Here you will enjoy a cheese and wine matching. All the cheese is from small producers and most are local. Enjoy a tasting of five wines, each matched with a different cheese. The wines tasted vary per day but will be from, Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
At around 5pm you will return to your accommodation.
Please note: The above is a sample itinerary. The tour is flexible and the wineries visited will be matched with your requests or wine preferences.
- Cheese and wine pairing
- Knowledgeable tour guide
- Visits to five wineries
- Pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in the Blenheim area
- Wine tastings
- Pick-ups from Picton or Havelock (additional charge of $10pp)
- Picton / Havelock Pickup and drop off charged locally at $20NZD extra per person
Your centrally located hotel in Blenheim or Renwick
Please note that pick-ups are available from Picton or Havelock on request, but there is an additional charge of 10NZD per person
Fully refundable up until 48 hours before departure