Marlbourough Wine Region
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We had booked a trip with the Marlbourough Sounds Wine tours which was collecting us a 10.30am - quite a late start for a day trip in comparison to all our other day trips to date! So we were able to get a bit of a lie on!
There was a bakery next door to the hostel (very handy!) so we just popped in there to get something to eat - l had the most nutrious cream finger with a blob of jam & a latte! So much for weight watchers now!
We were picked up and on our way - 2 Japanese girls, a german girl, a Dannish Couple and an American Couple!
We did 6 wineries in total - 3 before lunch and 3 after.
- Cloudy Bay - very well known winery - lm not a fan of CB - l think its overrated and l think compared to some Sauv Blancs from Marlbourough the SB is bland - and this is what l thought during the tasting too! The view from the cellar door was excellent and as it was a cloudy rainy day the hills were covered in low lying cloud - exactly like the labels on the bottles of wine!
- Cellar de Brun - this winery has changed hands quite a few times but its know for specialising in methode traditional - basically a champange style sparkling wine but obviousl cos we were in NZ not France it cannot be called champange! They had a few wines to taste also and we picked up a bottle of SB - to do us at the hostel that night!
- Wairau River - this was our lunch stop - it was very busy with tastings and lunch and to be honest the lady behind the counter could not wait to get us out of there - she really didnt want to be doing a tasting with a load of free loaders not interested in bulk buying wine - just my opinion! What was good was their pinot noir so we ordered a large glass each and had it with our lunch which was very tasty!
- Villa Maria - one of the first SB from Marlbourough l had ever tasted - and it didnt disappoint! So much so we went daft and ordered a case to get delivered home! The cost of shipping included customs fees and what we found out was you can simply go on line and order wines from the cellar door! For future reference!
- Matu Wines - the girls behind the counter were excellent though lm not a huge fan of the bog standard SB (its readily available in Tescos & Asda!) Bought some hibbiscus flowers which you pop into champers and they float to the top - yes l know a gimmick! But it will be for our first dinner party when we move house!
- Highfield Estates - this is a larger winery and not the same attention to detail really - there was a coffee shop in the winery also.
Enjoyed our day - as we knew we would! We are getting our hire car tomorrow and intend getting around a few more wineries before we head toward Kaikoura!
Dinner was in Picton and then we went back to the hostel - cracked open a bottle of SB (of course!) and wrote our postcards & read - rock n roll lifestyle or what!