Marlborough Wine Tours, Marlborough Sounds Cruises, New Zealand


Private Marlborough Wine Tour Itinerary Suggestions

Enjoy the fabulous Marlborough wine region on a private tour with Marlborough Travel.   This is just a small range of suggested Itineraries for you to choose from.   Feel free to mix and match wineries from various itineraries and always feel free to suggest your favourite wineries or wine styles.    We can create a fabulous tour around a single wine variety or create a great overview that takes in wines, beers, foods, crafts and scenery.    If you would like pricing and vehicle details please click here

Here are a few tour itineraries to get you started :  


Suggested Itinerary (The  Big Players)

This is a range of winery labels that you may see all around the world.   Well know wineries producing fabulous wines.

10.00am: Collection from your accommodation and depart out into the fabulous Marlborough wine region

Arrive at the brand new Brancott Estate Heritage Centre.   This stunning new complex sits high on the hill overlooking the Brancott vineyards, the site of the very first commercial vines planted in Marlborough.   Take in the incredible views out over the Marlborough region, learn the history of Brancott with a wonderful audio visual display and finish with a tasting of the range of Brancott wines.  A wonderful start to your Marlborough wine tour.

Cloudy Bay wine barrel on the Marlborough wine tourArrive at Cloudy Bay, Marlborough's iconic Winery for a tasting of the world renown range of  wines.  As Marlborough's best known winery this is a must see winery on the tour.  Your tastings today may include the award winning Methode Traditionelle "Pelorus" or the stunning "Te Koko" a unique oak aged Sauvignon Blanc.

For lunch visit Wither Hills winery.  A place where the architecture is as impressive as the fabulous wines!!   Taste a brilliant selection of wines including the Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and take some time to explore the building from the top floor lookout to the ground floor Pinot cellar.   

After a great wine tasting enjoy a wonderful lunch in the Wither Hills winery restaurant.   One of Marlborough's best restaurants..

Visiting Wither Hills winery on the Marlborough wine tourArrive at Villa Maria for a tasting of the range of wines including some multi-award winning Marlborough wines..

Finish the wine tasings with a visit to Saint Clair Estate   This is the home of more awards and wine trophys than anywere else!! 


From Vine to Wine with Saint Clair"Saint Clair now makes the country's and perhaps the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local producers"  Bob Campbell, Master of Wine.
Also on site at Saint Clair is Traditional Country Preserves, a nice tasting of home made jams, preserves and chutneys.   Complete the food theme with a visit to Makana Chocolates to sample the divine hand made chocolates.  A perfect sweet treat to complete the day!!

4.00pm: Depart for Accommodation


Suggested Itinerary (The Boutique Wineries)

9.45am: Collection from your accommodation and depart out into the fabulous Marlborough wine region

Pinot tasting in the barrel hall at Mahi winesStart with a visit to Te Whare Ra wines, meaning "the house in the sun" a nice reflection on its sunny location in the heart of the wine region.  This is certainly the oldest boutique winery in Marlborough, and a winery focused on producing fine estate grown wines.  From this small winery and cellar door come a selection of fabulous wines with the Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir an absolute standout.   Family owned and operated so an absolute favourite.   A nice option here is to take the tour (optional) through the winery,  its an interesting focus on producing fine wines and includes some great tastings along the way (tour incurs additional cost and needs to be pre-booked).

Visit to Mahi wines . The name Mahi, meaning 'our work, our craft' gives a great indication that these people are passionate about fine wines.    Enjoy a wander through the underground cellar and a tasting of fabulous wines.

Lunch at Highfield Estate on the wine tour of MarlboroughArrive at Rock Ferry a wonderful new winery cafe with a fabulous range of wines and a nice cafe.  Enjoy lunch in the cellar door or out in the gardens.    This is a great opportunity to try the range of Rock Ferry wines from Marlborough and Otago.
Arrive at Herzog Luxury Winery Restaurant for a very special lunch and wine tastings..    Rated as one of Australasia's finest restaurants this is a very special place and perfect for that special occasion.

Arrive at Framingham Wine Company.  While Framingham produce an extensive range of wines they are best known for their range of Rieslings.  Depending on when you visit you may get to try the Dry, the Classic or the Select Rieslings.  Also look out for some fantastic reds such as Pinot Noir and Montepulciano.

Wine tasting at Framingham on the private wine tourVisit Bladen Estate, possibly the smallest cellar door in Marlborough, but a winery producing seriously good aromatic wines such as Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.   Family owned and operated and always a favourite..

Arrive at Geisen Wines for a wonderful tasting of the range of wines.  

Finish the day with a divine chocolate tasting at Makana Chocolates.

4.00pm: Depart for Accommodation                       



Suggested Itinerary (The Unique Wineries)

Highfield Estate visit on the Marlborough wine tour

A really nice combination of things that are uniquely Marlborough.   This is a great mixed tour taking in a really diverse selection of local attractions.

10.00am: Collection from your accommodation and depart out into the fabulous Marlborough wine region

Arrive up at Highfield Estate, a chance to get your bearings and take in the fabulous 360 degree views from the tower lookout.    This is a great photo opportunity and a chance to take in amazing views right around the valley.    From this vantage point you can see the full length of the valley, out over the Cloudy Bay coastline and across to the Wellington coast on a clear day.

Of course while you are here at Highfield it would be fitting to try the selection of ultra-premium wines on offer.

The old cellar in the hill at AuntsfieldVisit Auntsfield, a unique piece of Marlborough's history with the original wine cellar built into the hill dating back to 1873.  It was another 100 years before the first of the new era vines where planted in the region.   This is a place of wonderful history and stories of how things were done on Marlborough's very first vineyard.   Today a modern vineyard planted in Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and brand new cellar door for tastings.    Wonderful wines in a great place,  with the option of a guided tour around the vineyards and up into the old original cellar.  (tour incurs additional cost and needs to be pre-booked).


The Vineyards of Marlborough

Time for a wonderful winery lunch, local produce, local wines.!!  

Time for a different side of Marlborough with a beer tasting at Moa Brewery,  "New Zealand's native Moa is the only beer to be fermented in the bottle, like French champagne. It is also one of the rarest beers in the country, crafted somewhat eccentrically in a small rural brewery."     With beers like Moa Blanc and Moa Noir you can instantly see the connection that brewer and wine maker Josh Scott has brought to his Moa Brewing company.   Unique beers in a unique setting!!

Divine choclates to finish the wine tour in MarlboroughArrive at the The Village.  A fantastic combination of tasting experiences with Bouldevine wines along with the Schnapps of Prenzel Distillery,  the Marlborough Olive Oils, view the crafts in Quilters Barn or relax with a great coffee in the cafe.   A unique combination of tasting experiences.

Finish the day with with a visit to Makana Chocolates to sample the divine hand made chocolates.  A perfect sweet treat to complete the day!!

Drop off back at your accommodation, or at the Picton waterfront, the ferry terminal or Blenheim airport. 


The historic cellar at Auntsfield wines. Inside the historic Auntsfield cellar




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