OUR MARLBOROUGH WINE TOURS
Marlborough Wine Tours Offers Full- and Half-Day Trips of the Marlborough Vineyards
Marlborough Wine Tours has been showing off the spectacular wineries of the Marlborough Vineyards to both international and domestic groups for over 20 years. Marlborough is the premier wine region of New Zealand with over 70% of the vineyards in the country, and with good reason. Their Sauvignon Blanc wines are internationally recognised for their quality. Our tours of Marlborough wine country are the perfect way to explore the area while learning about its vineyards and of course, sampling the wine.
We have numerous wine tours at a variety of lengths. Half Day and all day tours to our Specialty NZ wine tours, please read more about each of the tours below.
Our Marlborough Wine tours originate either from Blenheim, Picton, or Havelock with return. We can pick you up from your accommodation in town central areas. For those outside of the central area there may be a small surcharge for pick up.
All our tours are designed to offer a relaxed but informative experience, where selective tasting is the order of the day. With our classic tours, we have no set wineries that we visit, as our guides decide on the day. We do like to try and accommodate all winery requests when possible.
Please Note: Tasting charges are inclusive within the price of our tours.
We do not operate on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day. Boxing Day (26th Dec) private tours by request only.
Marlborough Wine Tasting Tours
What Sets Marlborough Wine Tours Apart Regarding Wine Tasting
With the popularity of the wines in the Marlborough region, it is no surprise that there are many options for wine tours. We think our tours are unique and with the testimonials and reviews we have; it seems we are not alone. Having been one of the first companies offering tours, we have watched as the region has grown and changed, and we have grown with it. A few of the specifics that set us apart include:
- Our friendly tour guides have a passion for sharing the knowledge they have about the region, its history and of course, its wine. Keeping our tour groups entertained is their favourite part of the job.
- The Toyota HiAce Mini Coaches we use for our tours are well-appointed with air conditioning, carpeted floors and comfortable seating. For or smaller private tours use a Mercedes E320 Sedan and a Mercedes Valente. Larger private groups find our brand-new Ford Transit 16-seater perfectly comfortable.
- We let our customers set the pace of their tour and can accommodate special requests if you want to visit a particular cellar door. Let us know when you book so we can plan everything to perfection for you.
Medium Marlborough Wine Tour
Taste The Valley - 4 Hours
The perfect choice for a chance to really immerse yourself in to the Marlborough wine region.
Gain a real insight into what makes the wines from here so unique and explore a selection of renowned Cellar Doors.
We have two half day tour options:
The Morning tour –from Blenheim only – we visit 4 cellar doors, the last stop will be for lunch ( at your expense), the tour takes approximately 4-4.5 hours.
The afternoon tour from Picton or Blenheim also visits four cellar doors and there is the option to get a light snack such as a cheeseboard along the way, please discuss this with your tour guide on the day. The afternoon tour usually takes 4 hours plus travel time back to Blenheim and Picton.
If you have a particular cellar door you are interested in visiting please let us know when booking or speak to your tour guide on the day. We try and facilitate all requests when possible.
From Picton at 12.30 ( 12pm Winter), From Blenheim at 10.00am or 1.00pm ( 12.30pm Winter)
Prices start at $125pp depending on your pick up location
A very well organised afternoon tour of four vineyards in the Marlborough district hosted by the wonderful Dean who had a great sense of humour. The afternoon was fun but informative with a relaxed atmosphere. A tour suitable for ‘wine snobs’ and rookies like myself.
All Day Marlborough Wine Tour
Beyond The Vines - 6 Hours
For the avid wine enthusiast who craves a deeper understanding of the Marlborough wine region. A chance to relax, enjoy and savour what this award winning wine region has to offer.
On the All Day tour we usually visit 6 cellar doors one of which is a lunch stop (lunch cost not included) You will get to sample at least 4 different wines at each cellar door and your cellar door host will explain about the unique characteristics of their wines. Your tour guide will be entertaining you as you travel from your pick up location around the winery region with information about Marlborough and New Zealand and what makes our region so special.
This tour may also visit Marlborough’s famous chocolate factory and we may be able to do a brewery tasting on request as well.
From Blenheim at 10.00am From Picton at 9:30am,
From Havelock at 9:30am, *
Prices start from $155pp depending on your pick up location
Private Wine Tours
History of the Marlborough Wine Region
Early settlers to the Marlborough region understood its potential for growing wine grapes as early as the 1870s. David Herd planted a small block of Brown Muscat in 1873, but the last of these were pulled up by his son in the early 1930s. Unfortunately for those who enjoy a glass of good wine, the area wasn’t used for cultivating grapes for 40 years after those last vines were pulled. However, in the 1970s, the commercial wine industry arrived, and they have never left. Here are a few highlights of that history:
- The first large-scale vineyards were planted by Bancott Estate, under the name Montana Wines. While they had their start in Titirangi in the 1930s, they expanded into Marlborough in 1973, exporting their first wines in 1980. They are still the largest wine producer in the country.
- Sparkling wines made in the traditional methods of the Champagne Region of France soon joined the area when Daniel Le Brun arrived and began his family winery. Today, they still produce their award-winning wine in Marlborough for you to enjoy.
- The Sauvignon Blanc wines that the area is now best known for first came to international acclaim in 1985 when the Cloudy Bay Vineyards’ wine became crowned by many wine experts as the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Today, the Sauvignon Blanc is still the most grown grape in the region and Cloudy Bay Vineyards continues to grow their grapes and make their wine here.
Luxury Wine Tours
For couples, friends or family
We specialise in creating bespoke luxury wine tours for couples, families or groups of friends. Perfect when you want to do something special – like propose to your girlfriend or just want to have a great day out in your own small group. Whether it is for you, a car load or a customised tour for a larger group we can work with you to put together a magic day out.. We’ll ensure you see the best that Marlborough has to offer.
We have the Mercedes E320 available for up to 3 passengers, and the Mercedes Valente for up to 6 passengers. For larger groups there is the Toyota Hi Ace for 11 passengers and we are able to take up to 16 in the Ford Transit. For groups larger than that we can arrange a bus. Get in touch with us on the link below with a few details about the date, numbers, wine preferences and any special requests for your day out.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Half and Full day Tours
Shore Excursions – For those of you who wish to sample some of Marlborough’s best wines, but are on a cruise ship so need specific times to ensure they return to their ship on time. These tours are designed for Cruise Ship passengers who have time restrictions, we will make sure you get back to your ship on time.
Group Tours: If you are travelling with children, a group, or would like a private tour please Contact Us for a quote
For more information and availability click on the book now button
Exceptional Extras Marlborough Wine Tour
Gold - 6 Hours
An exclusive private tour where your tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation establishment and your day will start by being taken to a boutique winery for a tasting. After enjoying and savouring this tasting your journey will continue onto a wine blending experience. Here you can become your own winemaker for a while. You will be taken through the wine process where your host will talk about blending, weather, soil and give an insight into viticulture, before rolling up your sleeves and blending your own Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc (varietal availability dependant). You will then travel across the valley to a renowned winery restaurant for your leisurely food and wine match, 3 course lunch. After a relaxing lunch we wind up your day with a few more wine tastings and chocolates to finish.
Bookings on request, click Book Now to submit booking request and we will confirm availability
From Blenheim, Picton or Havelock
*minimum 2 people
The Ultimate Marlborough Day Out Experience
Morning cruise followed by afternoon wine tasting - 8 Hours
We invite you to have the Ultimate Marlborough Day Out. After picking you up from your accommodation, your morning is spent with a cruise on the Marlborough Sounds, then back on shore for a lunch stop at a winery and followed with a relaxing afternoon of wine tasting in the Marlborough wine region
The cruise part of the day out, departs at 9:00am. You will cruise from Picton up through the Queen Charlotte Sound to historical Ship Cove. Along the way your skipper will provide a commentary on the surrounds, history and the wildlife be it birds, fish or mammals
There will be a chance to disembark, with a 20 minute stopover, at Ship Cove. This was named by Captain Cook, when in 1770 his ship, The Endeavour, anchored there to replenish supplies. It became a favourite anchorage for him and he returned there a further four times.
Take this opportunity to dabble in the creek where Cook made home brew for his crew and share the beach with the resident wildlife.
On returning to Picton at around 12:30 we will take you for a single course lunch, with a wine, of your choice, at one of Marlborough’s boutique wineries. While your main course is being prepared, the winery, will give the opportunity to try some of their wines.
After your lunch you will get to visit a couple more wineries with a chance to try some more of the wines produced here, while your relaxing, savouring and enjoying this beautiful Marlborough region.
At the end of the tour we will return you to your accommodation and hope you have had a great day out in Marlborough.
From Blenheim Area at 8:00am, From Picton at 8:20am,
*minimum 2 people
Why You Should Use Marlborough Wine Tours
Our customers choose tours of the Marlborough wineries in NZ with our family-run company for several reasons. Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides keep them entertained while sharing their information about the different wineries and specific wines. A wine tour should be relaxing as well, and this is why we let our customers set the pace. We allow you time to savour a favourite location or move through the wineries to see it all. Contact us today to learn more about our tours of the Marlborough wine region New Zealand.