Taste Marlborough Tour

Indulge your senses with our very special Taste Marlborough Wine Tour, a full day exploring behind the scenes of the world-renown Marlborough wine region.

On this intimate wine tour, you’ll visit a select number of Marlborough wineries where you’ll taste award-winning Marlborough wines, explore beautiful Marlborough vineyards and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch made with fresh local produce.

Taste Marlborough has been created for visitors who love great wine and those who want to learn more about the region, the wineries, the wines and the people who create them. 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. 

If you wish to go slow and savour in a small group environment then this is the ideal tour. 

 

 

Tour Overview

Duration:
7-7.5 hours approx
Departure:
9.15am Picton | 9.45am Blenheim | 9.55am The Marlborough Lodge, Marlborough Vintners Hotel or Vintners Retreat
Cost:

NZ$240 per adult – tour not suitable for children

> lunch is not included

Prices valid until 31 March 2019.

Season:
Tour operates daily year round (except 25 & 26 December, 1 & 2 January, Easter Friday & Easter Sunday)
Transport:
Luxury touring van
Numbers:
Minimum two people | maximum eight people

Taste Marlborough Tour FAQs

Taste Marlborough Wine Tour is a full day wine tour behind the scenes of the world-renown Marlborough wine region. Visit a select number of exclusive Marlborough wineries, taste award-winning reserve-grade Marlborough wine, talk with respected winemakers, explore the beautiful vineyards and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch made with local produce.

Itinerary

9.15am
Collection Picton waterfront or Picton Accommodation
9.45am
Collection Blenheim Accommodation or Blenheim Airport
Morning
Start the day with a fabulous “Vine to Wine” experience at Wither Hills winery taking in the Vine Library, the Pinot Barrel cellar, a tour through the complex and a wonderful tasting of the range. Onwards to the iconic Cloudy Bay winery for a fabulous tasting of the range at our most recognised international wine brand.
Lunch
Enjoy a divine lunch at Highfield Estate, a fantastic setting on the foot hills overlooking the Marlborough wine region. Divine food and wine with fantastic views. (Lunch is at guests own cost on the day)
Afternoon
Visit Forrest Estate for a walk through the vineyards and learn why all great wines “start in the vineyard” and enjoy a beautiful tasting of the Marlborough range with a bit of Forrest Hawkes bay or Otago wine mixed in. Finish the day with a sweet treat tasting at Makana Chocolates.
4/4.30pm
Return Blenheim
4.30/5pm
Return Picton
 

 

FAQs

Where and when do I join the tour?

We collect you from where ever you are staying in Blenheim or Picton townships, or the Picton waterfront. We will advise exact collection time when you book. The tour takes you around the Marlborough wine region, on the outskirts of Blenheim. At the end of the tour we drop you back to your collection point in Blenheim or Picton townships, or the Picton waterfront.

What’s available during the tour?

As part of the wine tour you enjoy a number of wine tastings, we then stop for a gourmet lunch (at your own cost). 

What should I bring along on the tour?

Bring a water bottle, your camera, a sunhat and sunscreen. Outside of summer, it also pays to bring a light windbreaker jacket or jumper, if you feel the cold. There may be occasional opportunities during the tour to stop for essential items, but we encourage you to bring everything you think you may require for the day, including snacks.

Will I get carsick and should I take medication?

No, getting carsick is very unlikely. Our luxury touring vans have excellent visibility and are large and spacious with air-conditioning, and the Marlborough roads are generally smooth and straight.

I am travelling by myself – will your tour still operate?

This tour has a minimum of 2 people. Send us an email with the date/s you will be in Marlborough, we can let you know the best day/s to come touring, when we have other guests booked in.

Do you have group tours?

Yes, if you are travelling with a group and require a group tour, please let us know. We have a range of vans and coaches, and can arrange this wine tour on a date that suits you. We operate a variety of group cruises and tours.

Terms & conditions

Head to our Terms & conditions page for more info.

 

Itinerary

9.15am - Collection Picton waterfront or Picton Accommodation 

9.45am - Collection Blenheim Accommodation or Blenheim Airport

Morning - Start the day with a fabulous “Vine to Wine” experience at Wither Hills winery taking in the Vine Library, the Pinot Barrel cellar, a tour through the complex and a wonderful tasting of the range.  Onwards to the iconic Cloudy Bay winery for a fabulous tasting of the range at our most recognised international wine brand. 

Lunch - Enjoy a divine lunch at Highfield Estate, a fantastic setting on the foot hills overlooking the Marlborough wine region. Divine food and wine with fantastic views.  (Lunch is at guests own cost on the day)

Afternoon - Visit Forrest Estate for a walk through the vineyards and learn why all great wines “start in the vineyard” and enjoy a beautiful tasting of the Marlborough range with a bit of Forrest Hawkes bay or Otago wine mixed in.   Finish the day with a sweet treat tasting at Makana Chocolates. 

4/4.30pm - Return Blenheim

4.30/5pm - Return Picton

NOTE: the itinerary listed can and will change on certain days due to the unavailability of venues and key hosts, in these situations Marlborough Tour Company reserves the right to amend the itinerary and venues without notification to guests.

 

Great relationships

We have strong relationships with a number of boutique and iconic Marlborough wineries so you can enjoy a behind the scenes look, hear the history, taste a stunning range of reserve-grade wines and meet people who know wine and love sharing their passion with you. 

 

It’s all about you

Our fantastic local guides live and breathe Marlborough and have a strong commitment to quality service. Whatever you desire - we can deliver.

From pick up to drop-off, we organise everything on the tours. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

 

Other wine tours

We also have a range of private wine tours, for a day that suits you. 

 

Marlborough Sounds cruises

Take a cruise as part of your visit to Marlborough - our Greenshell Mussel Cruise and Seafood Odyssea Cruise feature the Marlborough Sounds, fresh local seafood and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. What more do you need?

 

Groups

We can can cater for your group of any size with a range of group activities.