Each winery experience has been specially created and privately hosted away from the public areas. You will not only receive fabulous private service but you will also get to see areas of the winery that are not normally accessible.
Taste Marlborough tours through a select number of boutique and iconic wineries, a group of wineries selected for their history, fabulous service and stunning range of wines. They are also a group of wineries where you will get to meet great people who know wine and love sharing their passion for wine. Wineries in the tour include Auntsfield Estate, Te Whare Ra, Cloudy Bay and Nautilus, with time out for a divine lunch at Wither Hills winery restaurant*.
* Please note that all the wineries included can and do change on certain days as we are very dependant on availability of winemakers and senior wine staff. Where required we will substitute for other wineries that can also provide a stunning wine experience.
9.45am Collection from your accomodation in Blenheim and around the Marlborough wine region. (9.15am for Picton accommodation collections).
Start the day with a visit to the boutique winery of Te Whare Ra where owners and winemakers Jason and Anna Flowerday have built a strong reputation on aromatic whites and divine Pinot Noir. Today we will get to see behind the scenes with a tour through the winery and a selection of special tastings along the way. Founded in 1979, Te Whare Ra Wines is the oldest boutique winery in Marlborough. The name, that translates from Maori to mean "The House in the Sun" It reflects the climate around Renwick, in the heart of the Wairau Valley wine-growing district.
The a tour around the vineyards at Auntsfield. We are taking you back to where it all started. Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and the original cellar in the hillside can still be viewed today. Now over 100 years later, under the watchful eye of the Cowley family, the vineyard has been re-established and produces a stunning range of wines. Todays tour will take us up to view the old cellar and then to the brand new cellar door for a tasting of the range of wines.
Iconic Cloudy Bay is our next stop for a structured wine tasting of the range of world renown wines. This privately hosted wine tasting takes the group away from the public areas to your own private tasting room, a very exclusive and enjoyable tasting. Described as the "quintessential expression" of Marlborough, Cloudy Bay has a world wide reputation for stunning wines.
After a morning of stunning wines its time to really "Taste Marlborough" with lunch at the Wither Hills winery restaurant. Enjoy fresh local produce and local wines in a delightful setting. (lunch at clients own cost).
After lunch we depart through to Nautilus Estate winery for one last special tasting. Enjoy fabulous hospitality with a private tasting in the specially designed Pinot Cellar. Enjoy tasting Pinot Noir directly from the barrel, a truely unique tasting experience and one that will test your senses..! Every vintage the winemaking team at Nautilus go through this process of barrel tasting and blending to create the ultimate blend for the Nautilus Pinot.
Collection: 9.15am in Picton and 9.45am in Blenheim and the wine region. Timing can fluctuate and final collection times will be advised when booking.
Season: Tour operates daily throughout the year with the exception of Christmas Day, ANZAC Day, Easter Friday and Easter Monday.
Tour Duration: Full day - approx 6 hours/6.5 hours.
Tour Pricing: $198.00 per Adult. (Tour is not suitable for children).
A minimum of 2 people does apply to this tour.