Blenheim Wine Tours
Let the experts guide you through a once in a lifetime experience. Taste a range of wines (including their legendary Sauvignon Blanc) at just the right pace. Be assured that your guide lives and breaths grapes, so ask all the questions you can and leave with a wealth of knowledge and a few bottles. Arrange to be picked up from Picton.
Hop on the Grapelander and travel to some of Blenheim's finest wineries. We're often told "don't mix your booze", but the expertly made craft beer on offer can be the exception to that rule. Planning a corporate or group event? They have three coaches which seat 16 passengers each, ideal for group transportation or your own personal party bus.
Whether you want a tour as a group or just that special someone, Highlight Wine Tours won't disappoint. Their private package offers a customised itinerary which makes sure you get the most out of the day as possible. If you've been to down under before, you would've seen many classic cars. So it comes to no surprise that you can choose to ride in a convertible Mustang or VW Kombi!
Despite owning a reasonably new company, Brent & Fay know the history, know the vines, know the area, and know how to please their customers. Go on a luxury tour through the area which is completely personalised to your needs. Their motto: "Our tours are about YOU - your enjoyment, your experience, your memories in the making!". Wanting to venture a bit out from Blenheim? Then schedule a scenic tour of either Kaikoura or Nelson.
Take advantage of New Zealand's pristine air by going on a cycling tour. In addition to exploring wineries, Molesworth offers 4WD adventures through the countryside, cruises on the water, and even transport to and from a range of festivals/events. Over two decades have gone into refining their portfolio of experiences. The raving reviews speak for themselves.
The one stop shop for your touring and cruising needs. On top of their winery excursions, there are ones for foodies, learning about Maori culture, scenic adventures, luxury escapes on catamarans, and much, much more. This is achieved by a dedicated team, a large fleet on and off the water, and their respect fro the environment.
Take a trip through the beautiful Opawa River on the appropriately named vessel - The River Queen. Locally sourced timber used to build the boat; fresh produce makes up the menu; beer & wine made just kilometres away - this will be a trip to cherish. We highly recommend going on a summer's evening alongside that special someone.
Enotourism in a Nutshell
Commonly referred to as wine tourism, Enotourism is all about gaining a deeper appreciation for wine by traveling to the source, tasting different varieties, learning the history, seeing the from vine to bottle, enjoying friends, and, let's face it, getting a bit tipsy.
There's no ‘one way’ of doing things in this industry. Each country/location specialises in a specific variety; some wineries are next to cities whereas some take hours to reach, and each group runs at their own pace. As such, you could be on a road trip and have a one-day excursion, or be on a long holiday and have a multi-day itinerary where you eat, breath and sleep grapes. You have the power!
Marlborough - A World-Class Destination
You may think New Zealand has over a century of winemaking experience under its belt. After all, our bottles are being enjoyed all over the world. It may come as a surprise that production only really took off in the early 70s, with the Marlborough region being at the centre of it all.
The sauvignon blanc is some of the best you’ll taste anywhere. The laid back Kiwi culture. The amount of sunshine. The rolling hills. The picturesque views. Wineries having tourism at a very high priority. Packaged up, you’ll be in for a tour of a lifetime.
A Learning Experience For All
One of the biggest worries we hear is: “I’m not an expert. I don’t belong there.”
Wine tours are learning experiences which are open to complete beginners and vine connoisseurs alike. In fact, having a group of people on both sides of that spectrum makes for some of the best times.
Tip: Help to further reduce your worries by knowing how to properly taste (there are plenty of guides out there). Who knows, it may lead you down a rabbit hole where you become an expert before you arrive in Blenheim!