Na Clachan Wine Tours

Na Clachan Wine Tours

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Felicity Ford

England

Ranking: 10/10

We were picked up and dropped off by the tour guide who took us to five vineyards. They were all in beautiful locations and our tour guide, Helen, was excellent. Would recommend!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Susan H

Ranking: 10/10

Enjoyed a splendid wine tasting tour and lunch with Helen and Chris of Na Clachan in Sep 2016. Absolutely great time had by myself and fellow wine tourist (Andy). Thoroughly recommend Na Clachan to anyone who wants to book a similar wine tasting tour.
HISTORY: Na Clachan is Scots Gaelic meaning ‘the stones’ or a ‘meeting place’. Helen explained the name reflected the Na Clachan team’s desire to bring people together in a stony place (characteristic of Marlborough region's soils) to meet, taste and enjoy wine together.
LOGISTICS: Very straightforward. Na Clachan team picked up and dropped off myself and my fellow wine tourist at our camp-site doorsteps. Could not be more easy and convenient logistics wise.
WHAT TOUR COVERS: Very Comprehensive. My tour started with lunch and wine-tasting at the Allan Scott family winery (excellent opportunity to make sure your stomach is fully lined before wine tasting) then visit to a further 4 wineries selected by Helen. Lunch and tour lasted from 12 noon to 5 pm. You can choose which wineries to go to and Na Clachan team will plan into your tour. In my case I was happy to go with whatever Helen suggested.
FRIENDLINESS/KNOWLEDGE OF TEAM: Excellent. Most of my tour was with Helen. Helen combined knowledge, experience and fun in a perfect package. She helped me expand my wine-tasting descriptions from “yummy” and “deelish” to “spicy”, “lemon and limey” and even “flinty/minerally”. She also introduced me to the wonders of NZ’s Gerwurtraminers (total revelation - my new favourite wine). Honestly can't think of a better person to go wine-tasting with (note– I started the lunch part of tour with Chris who was also great – thanks Chris).

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Soren Storeboerg

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Very good guide (Helen), lots of good wine.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Na Clachan Wine Tours responds:

Great to share Marlborough's wines with you Soren

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Webb & Muckelt

England

Ranking: 9/10

Blenheim Wine Tour. Took all day trip; given choice of which vineyards we wanted to visit. Helen was a great guide - knowledgable. Seresin Estate has good wine and spectacular flavoured olive oil - all organic.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Na Clachan Wine Tours responds:

Thanks for the great review

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Sue Croft

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Guide grew own vines, very informative, catered for every need within the group. Drove to collect us from Havelock.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Na Clachan Wine Tours responds:

Great day thanks

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Camilla Andersson

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Really friendly and funny guide, with lots of knowledge and inside information. Try Helen's (the guide) own grapes in the sparkling wine at Alan Scott.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Na Clachan Wine Tours responds:

thanks for the kind words

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yellow2

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

We had a tour with Na Clachan Wine Tours in January and Helen our tour guide was absolutely superb. Thanks a million for a lovely day and days and days of amazing wine drinking!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2011

Na Clachan Wine Tours responds:

Enjoy

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jenlas

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

Helen was a great host who picked us from our hotel, took us to many interesting vineyards and gave us a lot of information about Marlborough wine. And because we were interested in the organic side of things, she made sure we got to see many of organic winemakers.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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elizabethrob

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I had the most wonderful day out on the na clachan wine tour with Helen. It wasn't at all commercial, very friendly, open and interesting experienced, tailor-made to fit what I wanted to see and do and I had ALL my questions on wine, history of the area, winemaking etc. answered and learned a great deal about the tradition of winemaking in the Marlborough area. More like a day out with a friend than a paid tour. Transport, guide, choice of vibnyards, lunch simplt EVERYTHING was top class - couldn't have been better. Very impressive service!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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jonwalters

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

If you take one wine tour of the Marlborough region make sure you pick this one. You will get a true personal & friendly experience. Whether you are a wine buff or novice, your guide Helen will make your tour of wineries a memorable one. It's a relaxed and informal outing, with Helen going out of her way to cater for individual requests. Highly recommended.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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moneypenny

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Helen picked us up from our campsite and took us on a fantastic tour of 5 vineyards. We had a really enjoyable and informative afternoon - a great wine tasting experience. Helen was a delightful and very knowledgeable guide - highly recommended!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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glenmh

Japan

Ranking: 10/10

Helen was very friendly and had a great breadth of knowledge that enhanced the experience. She was good at tailoring the itinerary to the tastes and preferences of the group. We do recommend you keep some good notes as things can be a little confusing after 45 wines in a day. We have enjoyed all the wines we have bought back with us. Visiting a chocolate factory was a good end to the day.
A great day out!
Glen&Steph

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Lisette X

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great wine tour in the Marlborough region. Fantastic tour guide, with great knowledge, who adjusts the tour to your personal taste. 1/2 day is better that a full day because after 5 wineries you don't taste the difference anymore..

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Andreas Sterki

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

5 wineries in 4 hours
more for whitewine drinkers
not many different redwines because of the area

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

Na Clachan Wine Tours responds:

I'm not sure whether Andreas sees 5 wineries as too few. 5 wineries in 4 hours gives the opportunity to taste maybe 30 different wines which seems like a good representation of what Marlborough offers. My aim is to take time and enjoy a few wineries, explore their points of differences and understand a bit more about the growing of vines and production of wines, rather than to tick off as many wineries as possible.
Yes definitely more a white wine region than red - if you are interested in red the best I can do is visit wineries that will offer two red wines, usually pinot noir plus one other. That is a reflection of Marlborough's climate.

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duaneandsheryl

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We weren't sure what to expect on a wine tour, but having done the Na Clachan tour with Helen we would totally recommend it. Far from being just a chauffeur so you can get drunk on samples, Helen was very engaging (consciously remembering everyone's name,which was nice touch) and very knowledgable and would adapt her tour to suit people's preference or taste if possible. She made sure that everyone was getting the most out of the experience at each winery and was always on had to offer suggestions and tips about particular wines. In addition to that, Helen also grows her own grapes so had a great insight into different areas of the wine making process that she shared with us. Overall we had a great day and would recommend this tour 100%.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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savilleann

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Helen is a very informative and knowledgeable guide and took us to a good mix of wineries on our afternoon tour. She allowed us time to sample and to purchase without making it seem like we were being herded from one place to another. We particularly liked how she used her personal experience to demonstrate about how the vines are pruned for growth and productivity from one year to the next by taking us to a row of vines. We thoroughly recommend Na Clachan to anyone.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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purplejo

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I had a brilliant day & learnt heaps. I really liked the way Helen spoke to you about what you liked and then tailored the tour accordingly. She had lots of knowledge about what happens through all stages of the winemaking process. Now I'm looking forward to seeing if I can remember what I learnt as I drink the wines I bought!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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chelseajude

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Had a super day, it was so informative and interesting. Helen also kept us entertained between tastings so that the day went really quickly. She explained about growing and farming the vines as well as giving background information about the industry. I now feel I could identify a gewurz from a reisling. A great way to select your wines - I recommend a visit early on in your holidays so that you have more chance to drink your favourites!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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newruthie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a perfect day!. Helen took us around a number of wineries, and was so knowledgeable about the wines, how the were made and growing grapes. And yet she made it all so interesting. I know much more about what I like and why I like it. Brilliant

Reviewed almost 10 years ago