Marlborough Wine Trail

Marlborough Wine Trail

Self Drive / Bike

Reviews

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Roeland Driessen

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Biked ion the nice scenery, tasted wine and picked cherries. A beautiful day, and for originally from the Netherlands, it was very nice to bike in a flat land.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Aitnan Melman

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Many wineries have free tastings. Lots of fun.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Kevin Desjandino

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful wineries with complimentary tastings made for a great day.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Paul Lawrence

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

if you are not the designated driver, you can enjoy a wide range of wines for free. We did it by bike (we did pay for the bike rental), but none of the wineries we stopped at charged for wine tasting. Do ask before as some of them do. We enjoyed the freedom and flexibility this option gave us.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Joanna

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We went to eight different vineyards throughout Marlborough. Some (like No.1 Family Estate, Hunters, Brancott, Villa Maria do free tastings).

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Carly Braddock

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A great way to see the vineyards and wineries. Comparable in price to bike hire in Blenheim but located in the heart of the vineyards. Appreciated Nigel's advice on where to lunch and drink.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Alan Findlay

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Hired bikes for $15 as we were on site - gave us a map of vineyeards and eating places, great fun!!!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Paul Fairbrass

England

Ranking: 9/10

Walk or hire a bike from 'Watson Lodge' and cycle around the free cellar door tastings.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Sandra Andersen

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Best ones for sake of visiting would be Saint Claire, Villa Maria not all charge for tasting but worth visiting. And of couse, Makana Chocolate Factory, free tastings, visible cooking and great taste!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Rick & Suus

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice!! We did the tour by bike. The roads are a bit dangerous for cyclists but the vineyards and wineries are great.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Claudia & Julian

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Just hire a bike and make a tour through all the nice wineries in Marlborough. Some are for free and some have just a little fee for it. But you can taste great wines.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mikala Dinka

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Pick up a wine trail map and visit each winery by yourself for free tastings! You will explore the difference between NZ and Aus wines.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Julie Norton

England

Ranking: 10/10

The best way to sample lots of great wine in the Blenheim area. Splash out on lunch at Highfields (we recommend the platter for 2 - yummy) and get some strawberry icecream on the way from the pick your own place - very good ice cream!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Karin & Bastiaan

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Had a very nice, enjoyable informative afternoon in the region. Staff at Grove Mill winery are very snobby though, would go elsewhere.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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K Wallis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Inbar Yizhar Barnea

Israel

Ranking: 8/10

There are many wineries here in Blenheim which offer free tasting even if you don't buy anything.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Colin Daniels

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Friendly, informative staff, tasting excellent wines.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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A Libbis

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience, Wairau River Wines was the best!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Tim Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent set up in all the vinyards we visited. (Only complaint! Highfield restaurant charged $2.50 for extra bread!)

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jake Webster

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Get a bike and head off for free wine tasting for the day. Flat roads and the only downfall is the speeding drivers.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Emily Walters

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of wineries do free tastings of amazing wines eg. Cloudy Bay you get 5 free (large) tasings. Great way to learn about wine and get tipsy for free ( some corkage though)

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jansen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Quiet, rural, expensive wines! tasting for $5 is good.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Toni

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Every one well worth seeing! didn't feel pressured into buying wines ...but we did!Well worth it to increase your knowledge of wine!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lynn Maguire

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Rent bikes for a winery trip around Marlborough.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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stafanie_norman

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Either paid through food and some tastings or some places are unpaid. Great wine!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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pthreadgood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very good option. Take a bike and don't drink and drive!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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rowan bryant

South Africa

Ranking: 10/10

Cycle the vineyards of Marlborough Valley - a great way to wine taste!

Reviewed over 10 years ago