Ride in a luxury minibus to the famous cellar doors of Marlborough on this approx. 5-hour shore excursion from Picton to Blenheim. Compare the aromas of Marlborough's finest wines and taste the passion that goes into every bottle; then walk in a vineyard to understand the science behind the art. You will visit four to five wineries ranging from the internationally famous to boutique, family-run wineries. Finish the day with a nibble of hand made gourmet chocolates at a chocolate factory.
Meet your guide at the Picton i-Site after your cruise ship docks. Then board a luxury minibus and journey through the scenic Marlborough wine region while your guide points out ecological and historical places of interest; this small-group tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a more intimate atmosphere.You will visit four or five cellar doors on a flexible schedule around the Marlborough vineyards. Savor the vintners' art and linger where the wines match your palate, or move on if the aromas and flavors aren't your preference. The cellar door hosts will introduce their products and discuss their provenance and variety. Learn how Marlborough's sauvignon blanc has reached the pinnacle of sophistication, then take a stroll through a vineyard and learn how climate, soil, and skill combine to make an award-winning wine. Marlborough is not all about Sauvignon Blanc - we have stunning Rieslings, crisp and fruity Pinot Gris, oaked and unoaked Chardonnay and our renown Pinot Noir.A stop will be made for lunch (own expense), featuring delicacies such as mussels, salmon, venison or beef when available. Alternatively, a light meal of gourmet local cheeses to pair with your wine might suffice.On the way back to the port, we stop at a notable chocolate factory for a nibble of hand-made gourmet chocolates. You will return to the Picton wharf at least 90 minutes before your cruise ship departs.