Marlborough started the modern New Zealand wine revolution in the 1970’s with new methods of producing exquisite Sauvignon Blanc, among other varieties, with techniques being adopted from the dairy industries refrigeration technologies. This led to confidence that New Zealand could in-fact produce interesting wine.
Today, Marlborough represents 80% total vineyard area in New Zealand. The contrast between hot sunny days and cool nights helps extend the ripening period more so here than anywhere else in New Zealand.
Marlborough is located one hour and twenty minutes drive east of Nelson City. The Tour departs from your Nelson accommodation at 10am and starts with a bit of sightseeing as this drive takes you through some interesting places on the way to Marlborough’s wine region.
Winery visits are flexible and include up to 5 vineyards, you can suggest some vineyards if you like, but your guide has carefully planned and timed some of the most excellent vineyards in Marlborough to try, each one with a different style and atmosphere.
Lunch is normally a local gourmet platter from Giesen Estate vineyard, we can match any dietary requirements if needed, this is included in the tour price. Also included after lunch is an optional visit to Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory where you can sample chocolates and watch the chocolate making process.
We will return back in Nelson at approximately 5:30pm after a fantastic fun day out!!