Blenheim Wineries

Blenheim wineries are maybe better known as the wineries of the Marlborough wine region. Located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Blenheim Wineries are known throughout the world for the Fresh, fruity and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc wines. This being said there is far more to the region than just Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough as a region is by far the largest wine producer in New Zealand, accounting for over 75% of the countries production. Around 86% of the production is Sauvignon Blanc. The next largest variety is Pinot Noir accounting for about 6% of the production. This makes the Blenheim Wineries of Marlborough the largest producer of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.

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Blenheim Wineries overview

The Marlborough wine region now has over 33000 hectares of vines planted. The region can be subdivided into 3 main areas being the Wiarau Valley, The Awatere Valley and the Southern Valleys. The three areas produce very different flavours in the grapes and therefore different flavours in the wines.

The Blenheim Wineries now total well over 100 ranging from very small to very large. Most of the wineries are still family owned and in some instances the owners still can be found offering tasting at their cellar door. During our tours we try to focus on the smaller family run wineries. All our tours offer the following;

  • Collection from your accommodation
  • All tasting charges are included in our group tours
  • Comfortable transport in our Air conditioned mini bus
  • During the tour we stop in a vineyard and your guide will talk you through the pruning of the vines and during travel between wineries will give a history of the region and introduce each winery we are going to visit.
  • It is possible for guest to request wineries to visit when booking or on the day.
  • Wine can be purchased at the wineries, however, there is no hard sell and it is up to you.
  • At the end of the tour we drop you off at you accommodation.

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Half Day wine tour considerations

Is the Blenheim Wineries half day wine tour the correct wine tour for you? This may be due to the fact you do not arrive in Marlborough until mid morning or you think tasting over 25 wines will be too much. So what does our half day wine tour involve? Here we have 2 options, One including a lunch stop and the other just tasting wine.

Half Day wine tour including a stop for lunch at a winery

  • We will collect you from your accommodation around 12 noon if you are in the Blenheim area or around 11.30 if you are in Picton or Havelock.
  • The first stop is for lunch at a one of the Blenheim wineries for about 1.5 hours to allow for a leisurely lunch and a set of tastings (usually 4 or 5 wines). Lunch is chosen from their a la carte menu and the cost of lunch is additional to the tour. If the weather is nice we will reserve a table outside and that is usually be the vines. There is the option to purchase a glass of wine with lunch.
  • The rest of this tour is covered below in the half day wine tour without lunch

Half day wine tour excluding lunch

  • We will collect you from your accommodation around 1pm if you are in the Blenheim area or around 12.30 if you are in Picton or Havelock.
  • The first stop takes us to the winery where the rest of the group are having lunch for a tasting of 4 or 5 wines.
  • After this stop we join the groups together and we generally visit another 3 Blenheim wineries for tastings or 4 or 5 wines per visit.
  • During the tour we stop in a vineyard and your guide will talk you through the pruning of the vines and during travel between wineries will give a history of the region and introduce each winery we are going to visit.
  • It is possible for guests to request wineries to visit when booking or on the day.
  • Wine can be purchased at the wineries, however, there is no hard sell and it is up to you.
  • At the end of the tour we drop you off at you accommodation.

In summary this half day wine tour lasts about 4-5 hours (depending on lunch or no lunch) and you will get the opportunity to taste in excess of 16 different wines.

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Half day wine tour with lunch
Half day wine tour
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Blenheim Wineries Private wine tour

So you have read all the above and decided that maybe a group tour is not for you. A private tour may well be the right option. On a private wine tour we work with you before the tour to ensure we visit the Blenheim wineries you wish to visit and you define the start and end time for the tour which can last between 4 and 7 hours.

To find out more about our private tours click here

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