Private Wine Tasting in Marlborough: Time For Something Special

Who Are Private Wine Tastings For?

Private wine tastings with a knowledgeable and personal guide are ideal for guests looking for something a little special. You may wish to define your tour, not have it defined for you, and not share the tour with other guests. The availability to taste wineries top quality wines is not always possible on group wine tours. If any of the above are true for you then a Private wine tasting tour is the ideal way to do this.

What Makes Private Wine Tours Better?

These tours are personalised to your requirements whether that be certain wineries you wish to visit or to specialise on certain grape varieties.  Learn  about Marlborough wine and food during the planning and the tour. All this is possible with private wine tours in Marlborough. Chris will work with you before the tour to plan the perfect itinerary for you. The beauty of a private wine tasting tour is you go at a pace you want to, experience a personalised service, and are not governed by a group with other requirements.

Chris, your guide, has over 10 years experience as a wine tour guide in the Marlborough Wine Region, so is a great option as your guide. He knows all the wineries intimately and can therefore advise and guide you and make the right choices to ensure a great experience. Chris is knowledgeable about the wines in the region and wines from other areas in the World, therefore can give comparisons and have great discussions. Chris wanted to continue his own wine journey, so he went on a course and then passed the Wines and Spirits Education Trust level 1 exam.

Luxury Wine Tours Marlborough

Experience your Marlborough private wine tour in our luxury Mercedes Benz saloon car. The tour starts with collection from where you are staying, therefore there is no need for you to drive at all. Relax and enjoy the wonderful Scenery on your Marlborough New Zealand wine tour while tasting excellent wine. Maybe experience lunch at one of the many excellent winery restaurants in the region.

Marlborough Private Wine Tour
Our luxury Mercedes Benz used for our Private Wine tasting tours.


Private Wine Tasting and a winery tour

The option to go behind the scenes and go into a working winery with a guide from the winery. Learn about growing the fruit, tending of the vines and the wine making process. Take the opportunity to take photographs and ask questions during the tour. After the tour taste some of the excellent wines. In some instances this is done in the barrel room of the winery. A number of wineries offer this as an option to enhance your Private wine tour. The pictures below were taken at Hans Herzog winery.


Tasting in the Barrel room at Hans Herzog Winery during their wine tour


In the winery at Hans Herzog

Marlborough Private Wine Tour at Hans Herzog winery

The cellar at Hans Herzog winery

Winery tours are also possible at Clos HenriMahi or Te Whare Ra.


The beautiful old church which is the Clos Henri Winery tasting room


Inside the Mahi Winery. View of the stainless steel fermentation tanks during a wine tour


Mahi Winery Barrel room in the cave.

Marlborough Wine Tours blending option

Have you ever fancied being a wine maker or having the opportunity to blend your own wine, then this option will make your dream come true. On your Private Wine Tasting tour take the option to visit Wither Hills Winery and partake in the blending experience. In this experience you are given 3 very different half bottles of Pinot Noir wines made by Wither Hills winery, a measuring file and note paper.  Taste the 3 wines, decide on which aspects you like or dislike. Now experiment with blending the 3 wines to make your perfect Marlborough New Zealand Wine. There is more than enough wine to experiment a number of times to achieve your perfect blend.

Pictures of the blending


3 very different Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir wines. Therefore the opportunity to blend your perfect Pinot Noir from these 3 wines.


Michael using the measuring file to create his perfect blend of Marlborough Pinot Noir


Sandra from Wither Hills Cellar door team judging the created blends from this group.

Two very different blends were created on this day with Mum and Dad preferring a fruit forward blend and the boys preferring a more earthy blend. When all said and done it shows that wine is very personal

Marlborough Wine and Food option

Marlborough has so much to offer in this regard. If you would like to pair wine and tastings then Fromm offer a fantastic option to try local meats, breads and cheese along with their organic wines.

For your lunch option why not follow on from the Hans Herzog winery and tasting tour and enjoy a wonderful lunch in their beautiful garden. All of the food options on their menu has the perfect wine suggested as a food and wine match, hence making the most from your experience. Go on spoil yourself.


The fountain in the garden at Hans Herzog.


The beautiful rose lined walkway in the garden at Hans Herzog winery. Photographed during a wine tour


Why not sit in the garden at Hans Herzog winery and enjoy the wonderful Marlborough wine and food that they have to offer?

Private Wine Tasting - Visit appointment only wineries

Marlborough New Zealand has about 30 cellar doors that are open to the public, however, a few are by appointment only. These wineries are available to visit during a Luxury Private wine tours operated by Na Clachan Wine Tours.

Auntsfield winery, the site of the first vineyard to be planted in Marlborough by David Herd in 1873. Visit the site of the first vineyard established in Marlborough and now replanted with Muscat grape vines. After the vineyard talk they take you to the original winery under the trees near the vineyard. By now you are thirsty so back to the cellar door to try a variety of wines. Auntsfield only produce Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Dog Point winery. Dog Point Vineyard own & operate the largest organic Biogro certified vineyard in New Zealand. During your visit they drive you round their estate to see the wonderful views of the Brancott valley. After the tour you get a private wine tasting opportunity to taste their 4 wines. Their estate Sauvignon Blanc, Oak Barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Greywacke Winery. Setup by Kevin and Kimberley Judd in 2009. Kevin used to be the head wine maker at Cloudy Bay before setting up Greywacke. Here you will have a private wine tasting generally hosted by one of their winemakers. Learn about the region and have detailed discussions about their wines during your visit. Varieties include; Sauvignon Blanc (stainless steel ferment and wild ferment in Oak barrels), Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Your Tour, Your Schedule, Your Way.

There are so many options and cellar doors available in Marlborough New Zealand that the choice can be daunting for your private wine tasting. This is the reason we work with you to help define a tour specific to your requirements and maybe including some of the options you did not know existed. If you know exactly what you want then this is also not a problem at all. Sit back, relax and enjoy being driven around Marlborough in air conditioned luxury while listening to the stories and introductions to each winery.

Why Our Luxury Wine Tour Is The Gold Standard

Our Luxury wine tour will leave you with fantastic memories of your private wine tasting to last a lifetime. We plan all the schedule and make the bookings ensuring you have a wonderful stress free time taking in the sights, smells and tastes of Marlborough New Zealand, an absolutely fantastic wine region. Between wineries refresh you pallet with biscuits and chilled bottled water. If you do decide to purchase wine during the tour, we always carry a freezer box to keep the wine in the best condition to drink later. Your qualified guide Chris, is looking forward to sharing his passion and knowledge of the region with you.

Tripadvisor review

Don’t take our word for how good our tour is. Below is some Tripadvisor feedback.

We had an absolutely wonderful time. Chris was the best guide we ever had for such an experience. Greeted us upon arrival at airport to start our personal 2 day tour. Chris’s knowledge and expertise in the region of Marlborough was spot on. He knew all the best places to go, including many not open to public. All the visits turned out to be just my wife and I. This allowed each stop to be very personal and so very relaxing. So efficient was Chris that we got to visit an extra vineyard each day. Chris also helped us in getting 2 cases of various wines from each of our stops placed through Export NZ wines. This was very helpful in saving time.
When we return to NZ I would not hesitate to have Chris take us around the many other regions, and spend more time is each area.
Jim and Sandy Warrenton VA USA
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