The team at Vinomofo – who call themselves the most epic online wine retailer on the planet – know a thing or two about wine so we trust their judgment on some of the best places to visit in Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine growing region.
There are few places more spectacular for touring wineries than South Island’s Marlborough, world-famous for Sauvignon blanc wine. Base yourself in Blenheim for an epic day or two of wine heaven. Everywhere we recommend is under a 15-minute drive from here. Take a designated Dave to drive you from Winery A to Winery B following our recommended one-day itinerary, or organise a private tour so you can choose your own locations to visit.
10AM: Rock Ferry (www.rockferry.co.nz) can be found on the outskirts of Blenheim. It’s an old fruit packaging shed which has been converted into a modern cellar door with a lush garden setting. While you’re here, take a sip on a single vineyard pinot gris-pinot blanc blend.
12PM: A short drive down the bank of the Wairau river lies Hans Herzog’s eponymous vineyard (www.herzog.co.nz). The wines produced here are truly captivating, as is the story of Hans and his dedication to this vineyard, the wines and his craft. It’s the perfect place to stop for lunch, whether you’re going all-in with the degustation menu or mixing up share plates in the courtyard.
2PM: Spy Valley (www.spyvalleywine.co.nz) is a fascinating winery nestled in the Waihopai Valley. Their range features a few single vineyard wines, which offer good insights into what makes this particular site so well suited to sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir.
4PM: Well-known brand Giesen (giesen.co.nz) is synonymous with savvy, with an extensive range featuring some of the best pinot we tasted in the Marlborough. But it was The Fuder ‘Dillon’s Point’ single vineyard sauvignon blanc that stood out—definitely put it on your to-drink list while you’re here!
6PM: Grovestown Hotel (www.facebook.com/grovetownhotel) is highly recommended and serves quality Japanese food in a classic country style pub setting. The wine list here isn’t extensive, but the food is prepared and presented with care and the beers on tap are plentiful.
8PM: Scotch Wine Bar (www.scotchbar.co.nz) is the place to share both plates and bottles of the region’s finest produce. The walk-in cellar features around 500 bottles from which to choose and the menu is ideal for sharing. There’s no better place to end the day on a high note.
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