Wine tasting in New Zealand
  • Given a choice between wine tasting in Blenheim or Martinborough (New Zealand) which area would you choose? I'm planning a holiday in New Zealand - will be biking the West Coast of the South Island, ending with the train trip over the alps to Christchurch. Have a week afterwards and trying to decide where to spend it. I definitely want to do some wine tasting, and know a winery I like in Martinborough. That being said, I was also thinking of containing myself to the South Island on this trip. Is the Martinborough region better, worse, the same as Marlborough/Blenheim?
  • HI THERE,

    Seriously.... as a dedicated NZ wine drinker I wouldn't bother with Martinborough at all, *IF* you want to spend most of your time in the South Island. We have so many areas of interest.... North & West Auckland, Waiheke Island, Martinborough, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, North Canterbury, and Central Otago (to name the best known) that I'm perfectly sure you'll be happy to indulge your passion in any one of these areas without the stress of getting to one particular place or another.

    I'd be more inclined to follow your grape variety, as different areas specialise in different styles.

    Relax, enjoy, sup!

    Jools
  • Oh, and as a matter of interest, I'm on a NZ road trip at the moment with an Australian friend.

    I hope that your trip entails taking in the Southern Alps from the Canterbury/Otago side as well as from the West Coast. As in, when you arrive from the West Coast on the train, you could then head inland and South to take in Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook, then head for the Central Otago region with Queenstown, and Arrowtown etc., where there are vineyards aplenty. (This is our primary area for Pinot Noir)

    I don't know where you're flying from and to, but everywhere is very accessible by both coach and/or plane. to an international airport, although flights out of Christchurch are not as prolific as out of Auckland, it's only a marginal fee to hook into Auckland from any other airport.... if you're flying our national airline.
  • Wow, where have you been Jools?! Martinborough has to be one of the most interesting wine regions in New Zealand. Small, dedicated producers turning out a range of classic wines. True there is a lot to see in other places however any serious wine lover could not give Martinborough a miss. Particularly for Pinot Noir. And the town itself is charming, with a lovely English-style square surrounded by hotels, restaurants and shops. Close by is a dramatic coast-line and and beautiful countryside. Don't miss it is my advice.

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