Our region boasts over 75% of NZ’s wine production with over 150 wine producers, all producing award winning wines including the world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc. With numerous cellar doors in the region you are spoiled for choice when it comes to tastings.
Plan ahead or decide on the day, but either way the comprehensive digital wine trail map on the Wine Marlborough site will lead you in the right direction, including live open hours and onsite options at each one. There are several with world class winery restaurants, as well as those with food trucks or picnic spots where you can enjoy a relaxed lunch over a glass or two.
Take a sober driver and self-drive, or if not then have one of the many experienced tour operators take you around. You can also visit several cellar doors by bike or E-bike hire, using safe off-road trails to get there.
Find out more through Destination Marlborough or talk with us, we are happy to make recommendations.
Or do your own thing with Hop On Hop Off Winery Bus tours, go to their site for details on the circuit and timetable.
If you don't like crowds, go for a more intimate private tour and taste. Recommended options include
Jimmy's Wine tour - highly recommended for 1-6 people, offering a tailor made classic experience, and often including more off beat winery options. He can even include antiques, art or history if you would like it. Jimmy's Classic Wine Tour
Wine Country Shuttles - Enjoy fine wine, immaculate gardens or passionate about art and want to explore the local artist trail. Contact Joe Wine Country Shuttles and Corporate Cars
Little Marlborough Wine Tours - Spectacular Marlborough wine tours with a legendary and fun tour guide, tailored for you and up to 3 friends. Contact Dennise Little Marlborough Wine Tours
Craft beers and award winning gin are also on the tasting trail if you fancy them. Boomtown Brewing Company and Moa Brewery and Tap Room both offer the perfect outdoor spots to enjoy a good brew, casual food, and some Marlborough sunshine, or drop into The Gin Room at The Vines Village to sample award winning Roots Gin as well as other great NZ gins, all are less than 10kms from the hotel. If you like the idea of an Italian style lunch menu then visit The Fancy Cow Brewery, Cellar Door and Restaurant on Rapaura Road.
You could also get a close up look at the hands on process that produces this bold, botanical Gin with a prearranged, personalised tour and taste at the Elemental Distillery. We can organise the whole tour for you, just book online or talk to us.
While you are on the road, take a detour and get your chocolate fix at Makana Confections and Chocolate Factory on the corner of O’Dwyers Road,Rapaura. All their products are handmade using only the freshest natural ingredients, and there is always tastings on offer.