During this series, we will be exploring some of the best wine regions in the world to travel to, providing you with a few top tips to help you on your way. Today we start with a heavyweight of New World wine…
Marlborough – New Zealand
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine producing region and is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. Well known wineries include, Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria and Wairau River. With more than 30 cellar doors, it is a must visit destination for wine lovers!
Why should you visit?
Marlborough not only has endless stunning vineyards, but also some spectacular landscape. Heading on the ferry from Wellington to Picton, you will be amazed by the beauty of Marlborough Sound. Keep a good lookout as it is not uncommon to see whales and dolphins from the ferry!
For wine lovers, there are more cellar doors than you can shake your decanter at. Try staying in Blenheim and hire bicycles to explore many of well known and lesser known wineries.
How to get there?
If you are short of time, then fly straight into to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. From there, hop on the ferry from Wellington harbour to Picton on New Zealand’s South Island. If you have a little more time on your hands, make the most of the country by renting a car in Auckland and work your way through North Island down to Wellington to see all that the country has to offer.
It is advisable to hire a car when arriving in Picton so that you can explore the whole region which has lot’s to offer. It is possible to hire a car when arriving in Wellington, but be aware that not all car rentals will allow you to take the car on the ferry so check this out before you book!
When to visit?
It is advisable to visit between September and April for the best weather. We would recommend November as you will have great weather and not too many tourists, allowing you to enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc outside whilst you enjoy the view!