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Marlborough wine region

With over 20,000ha under vine, Marlborough roughly produces two-thirds of New Zealand's total wine production and all thanks to Sauvignon Blanc which placed the country on the international stage by delivering a unique and aromatic wine that subjugated the world in the 1980s.

A perfect synergy combining a maximum number of dry, sunny days with cold nights, minimal rainfall, and fertile soils help create the ideal winegrowing conditions to produce genuinely unique wines, unlike anywhere else in the world. 

The Maori refer to New Zealand as 'Aotearoa' - 'Land of the long white cloud,' and the Marlborough region as 'Kei puta te Wairau' – 'The place with the hole in the cloud.'

The Marlborough region was first planted in the 1870s, but only really took off some 100 years later when it exploded onto the world scene. Sauvignon Blanc is, without a doubt, the jewel in the region's crown accounting for over 86% of all its production, but don't overlook the other varieties that offer incredible quality. 

Pinot Noir is no longer just an afterthought, as a lot of research has been going into selecting the best sites to showcase this noble grape, and the results really speak for themselves with some really complex and stunning wines hitting the market in recent years. You can also find some great Riesling and Pinot Gris, with Gruner Veltliner an up and comer worth keeping an eye out for.

The Marlborough offers some of the freshest and finest seafood that is highly sort-after by chefs throughout the world. Only a 20min drive brings you to the Marlborough Sounds where much of the seafood comes from, offers plenty of breathtaking views along its 1,500km coastline. Take a cruise or if you are a little more adventurous rent a kayak to head out and see all the whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds, or if you love your fishing, drop a line.

Cruise ship tour (6 Hours)
NZ$120
6 hour wine tour designed especially for cruise ship passengers arriving in Picton with times to fit the ship schedule. Most of these tours will stop for lunch* at a winery and visit approximately 5 wineries as well as the Makana chocolate factory.  Enjoy the scenery during the 1/2 hour drive from Picton to the Wairau Valley. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. All standard tasting charges are included in this tour. A great way to spend your day in Marlborough. * Lunch cost is not included in this tour to allow you to choose what you like. Main courses are between $20 and $30
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1/2 Day wine tour without lunch (4 Hours) from Picton or Havelock
NZ$115
1/2 day wine tour without lunch lasting about 4 hours. We will pick you up from your accommodation about 1pm*. Visit another 3 or 4 wineries in the afternoon. Enjoy the various varieties of grapes and wines that Marlborough has to offer while taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Wairau Valley.    Learn about the history of the region and maybe challenge yourself on varieties of grapes and types of wines you may not be familiar with. We have flexible tours and not one of our tours are the same. You have the opportunity to request a winery or varieties of grapes that you would like to taste. We take on board all our guests’ requests to try and satisfy them all. All standard tasting fees are included in the price of the tour. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. If you have any special requests please enter these during the booking process. * Pickup time will vary depending on where you are staying. 
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1/2 Day wine tour with lunch (5 Hours) From Picton or Havelock
NZ$120
1/2 day wine tour with lunch lasting about 5 hours. Start with a beautiful winery lunch** and tasting then visit another 3 or 4 wineries in the afternoon. All standard tasting fees included. A fun afternoon while being educated by our experienced guides. Enjoy the various grape varieties and wines that Marlborough has to offer while taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Wairau Valley.  Learn about the history of the region and maybe challenge yourself on varieties of grapes and types of wines you may not be familiar with. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. If you have any special requests please enter these during the booking process. * Pickup time will vary depending on where you are staying.  ** Lunch cost is not included in this tour to allow you to choose what you like. Main courses are between $20 and $30
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Full Day wine tour (7 Hours) from Picton or Havelock
NZ$145
For those guests who want to have day long experience tasting wines from around the region. We pick you up from your accommodation about 9.30am. We visit 2 or 3 wineries in the morning and then stop for a winery lunch**. After lunch taste their wines and then visit another 3 or 4 wineries in the afternoon. Enjoy the various grape varieties that Marlborough has to offer while taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Wairau Valley.  Learn about the history of the region and maybe challenge yourself on varieties of grapes and types of wines you may not be familiar with. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. You have the opportunity to request a winery or grape varieties that you would like to taste. If you have any special requests please enter these during the booking process. ** Lunch cost is not included in this tour to allow you to choose what you like. Main courses are between $20 and $30
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Cruise ship Tour (4.5 / 5 hours)
NZ$115
4.5 to 5 hour wine tour designed especially for cruise ship passengers arriving in Picton with times to fit the ship schedule. Most of these tours will stop for lunch* at a winery and visit approximately 4 wineries as well as the Makana chocolate factory.  Enjoy the scenery during the 1/2 hour drive from Picton to the Wairau Valley. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. All standard tasting charges are included in this tour. A great way to spend your day in Marlborough. * Lunch cost is not included in this tour to allow you to choose what you like. Main courses are between $20 and $30
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Private tour in Mercedes choose from 4 to 7 hours
NZ$120
Enjoy a private wine tour in our Mercedes for between 4 and 7 hours (maximum of 4 guests). You can choose the length of the tour and work with your guide to define your itinerary with the opportunity to visit appointment only wineries. No working to a group tour schedule, achieve what you are looking for. The pickup time can be flexible during the day to suit your requirements. All the wineries in the Wairau valley are within 5-10 minutes of each other. If you don't know the region and would like to have an idea of tours may we suggest; The big players; Visit Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, Wither Hills and have lunch at the Brancott Heritage Centre with lovely views over the Brancott and Wairau Valleys. Organic wineries tour; Visit Clos Henri (small French owned winery with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir), Te Whare Ra (taste Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir) , Fromm (a whole range of Pinot Noir wines as well as Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc, Lunch at Rock Ferry (Bubbles, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo) also the possibility to visit Huia and Hans Herzog. Tasting fees and Lunch is extra to the hourly charge. Lunch main courses are usually between $20 and $30. Tasting fees at most wineries are $5 each with the exception of Cloudy Bay and Hans Herzog who have different options and prices.
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1/2 Day Marlborough Wine Tour (4 Hours without Lunch) from Blenheim or Renwick
NZ$105
1/2 day wine tour without lunch lasting about 4 hours. We will pick you up from your accommodation about 1pm*. Visit another 3 or 4 wineries in the afternoon. Enjoy the various varieties of grapes and wines that Marlborough has to offer while taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Wairau Valley.    Learn about the history of the region and maybe challenge yourself on varieties of grapes and types of wines you may not be familiar with. We have flexible tours and not one of our tours are the same. You have the opportunity to request a winery or varieties of grapes that you would like to taste. We take on board all our guests’ requests to try and satisfy them all. All standard tasting fees are included in the price of the tour. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. If you have any special requests please enter these during the booking process. * Pickup time will vary depending on where you are staying. Blenheim or Renwick approx 1pm
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1/2 Day Marlborough Wine Tour (5 Hours with Lunch) from Blenheim or Renwick
NZ$110
1/2 day wine tour with lunch lasting about 5 hours. Start with a beautiful winery lunch** and tasting then visit another 3 or 4 wineries in the afternoon. All standard tasting fees included. A fun afternoon while being educated by our experienced guides. Enjoy the various grape varieties and wines that Marlborough has to offer while taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Wairau Valley.  Learn about the history of the region and maybe challenge yourself on varieties of grapes and types of wines you may not be familiar with. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. If you have any special requests please enter these during the booking process. * Pickup time will vary depending on where you are staying. Blenheim or Renwick approx 12pm,  ** Lunch cost is not included in this tour to allow you to choose what you like. Main courses are between $20 and $30
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Full Day Marlborough Wine Tour (7 Hours) from Blenheim or Renwick
NZ$135
For those guests who want to have day long experience tasting wines from around the region. We pick you up from your accommodation about 10am*. We visit 2 or 3 wineries in the morning and then stop for a winery lunch**. After lunch taste their wines and then visit another 3 or 4 wineries in the afternoon. Enjoy the various grape varieties that Marlborough has to offer while taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Wairau Valley.  Learn about the history of the region and maybe challenge yourself on varieties of grapes and types of wines you may not be familiar with. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. You have the opportunity to request a winery or grape varieties that you would like to taste. If you have any special requests please enter these during the booking process. * Pickup time will vary depending on where you are staying. Blenheim or Renwick approx 10am ** Lunch cost is not included in this tour to allow you to choose what you like. Main courses are between $20 and $30
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Best of Nelson Tour
NZ$130
x Departing from Nelson at 11 am, our first stop will be Pic’s Peanut World, celebrating a business started by Pic in 2009 with a cement mixer in his garage to produce the best peanut butter locally, now exporting globally from a new purpose built facility. Your next stop will be Brightwater vineyard (summer only) where you will get a chance to taste some of their internationally acclaimed award winning wines, with a detailed explanation of each and the opportunity to ask questions. The next stop will be McGlashen pottery where you will be able to wander around the works as well as see some of the stunning pottery Royce McGlashen exports around the world. Royce  has been producing pottery for nearly fifty years and is a founder member of the Geneva based Academy of Ceramics. After leaving McGlashen’s you will be taken through the Moutere Hills to Mapua Wharf, originally the regional apple packing centre from where the apples were shipped globally. Now converted to a tourist centre with a range of excellent cafes, restaurants and shops, you will be given about 45 minutes to explore and enjoy lunch. On a fine summer’s day this is a popular local place to visit and most days will see young people of all ages leaping off the wharf into the fast flowing estuarine waters. The Rimu wine bar does a fabulous tasting of many regional as well as other New Zealand wines, using a tasting tree holding multiple glasses
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Best Nelson Wines
NZ$155
This popular wine tasting tour introduces you to the two Nelson wine growing regions which, though adjoining, even overlapping in places, are distinctly different. The Waimea Plains, ‘River Garden’ in Maori, just to the South of Richmond is an alluvial plain with stony soils, lying under an open sky ensuring long summer days, tempered with sea breezes flowing in from Tasman Bay, which bounds one edge of the Plains. This is ideal for aromatic wines, making them vibrant with strong fruit flavours. The main varieties grown here tend to be Chardonnay, Pinot and Sauvignon. Meanwhile, just to the west of the Plains the ground rises to the gently rolling Moutere Hills region, with its weathered gravels from ancient river systems, mixed with clay. This region is renowned for the richness and texture of its wines, usually more complicated in flavour than those from the Plains. In addition to the aromatics grown on the Plains, growers in the Hills also grow Riesling, Tempranillo and other varieties.
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Nelson Craft Brewery Tour
NZ$130
Depart Nelson at 10:30 for McCashin’s Brewery, in time for the 11:00 daily (weekdays only) 40 minute brewery tour (closed toe shoes essential for entry), before sampling some of their ales, all included in McCashin’s $25 entry fee. Then on to the Eddyline brewery, founded by a young American couple from Colorado who have already established micro-breweries there and in Texas, to try some of their very different, US influenced brews. Stop for lunch at New Zealand’s oldest pub, The Moutere Inn, for one hour. Visit Mapua Wharf and sample Golden Bear beer at their brewery (if open), or drop[ in at the Sprig & Fern to sample some of their great beers. Explore the converted apple sheds now home to a rich variety of artisan shops and cafes.  
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Private Wine Tasting
NZ$395
The two Nelson wine growing regions, though adjoining, even overlapping in places, are distinctly different and you will have the opportunity to taste the difference. Unlike many of the  of Marlborough region vineyards, the vineyards of the Nelson region are still family owned and managed, thus reflecting their owners’ passion to produce the best possible wines from their vines. This passion is reflected in the variety of wines produced and the many awards the region holds. This exclusive and personal tour takes you to some of the very best cellar doors in the region, chosen for the wine tasting experience they share with guests as well as their wine. We are usually able to include one or two cellars that only open by special request. The Waimea Plains, ‘River Garden’ in Maori, just to the South of Richmond is an alluvial plain with stony soils, lying under an open sky ensuring long summer days, tempered with sea breezes flowing in from Tasman Bay, which bounds one edge of the Plains. This is ideal for aromatic wines, making them vibrant with strong fruit flavours. The main varieties grown here tend to be Chardonnay, Pinot and Sauvignon.
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Abel Tasman and Golden Bay in One Day
NZ$209
We will pick you up in Motueka or Nelson at the information centre. If you need another pick up, please advise with your booking.  We will drive you in our brand new 12 seater bus along the coastline to Kaiteriteri.  You will enjoy the wonderful beach and views over the bay before we start to enter our cruise boat.  Choose your seat on the cruise boat inside or outside before you cruise from Kaiteriteri Beach to Totaranui along the coastline of the Abel Tasman Park ( 1 ½ h ) while your Driver Guide drives the bus over the Takaka hill to Totaranui. There is coffee, tea and snacks available on the boat.  Enjoy the stunning beach in Totaranui, we have about 1/2 hour before we start driving to our next destination and you could even fit a swim in the crystal clear sea in.  You will be picked up by your Driver Guide and you will be blown away by the 20 minute drive to stunning bush with the option for a short walk. After the walk to a lookout we drive about 10 minutes to Takaka for a break. Takaka is a colourful interesting lifestyler town with wonderful lunch stop options, interesting shops and locals.  3km out of Takaka there is the well known springs "Waikoropupu Springs",  known for the clarity of the water and the volume of water discharged. The springs are spiritually significant to the Maori people. We will have another stop here.  The tour ends with a scenic drive over Takaka Hill back to Motueka and Nelson.  We will arrive Motueka at about 4.30pm, Nelson at about 5.30pm. 
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Half Day Wine Tour
NZ$140
You will be in awe of the natural surroundings whilst savouring absolutely world class wines. The half day trip starts in the morning at  about 10.30am (depending on your pick up location). We will visit 3 to 4  different wineries. At one winery we will have the opportunity to order a light or gourmet lunch while tasting wine.  As we travel along the Waimea Plains and into the Hills of Upper Moutere you have the opportunity to see the best of Tasman's outstanding scenery. Your tour guide will  provide you with information on the local history within the area. All wine tastings are included, lunch at your own cost.  A lot of sunshine, river stones from riverbeds, good soil with clay and creativity: This is Tasman's and Nelson's secret mix for creating unique artisan wines. The region's reputation says it produces some of New Zealand best Chardonnay and aromatics. Learn from our guides at this Winery Tour about the regions Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,  Riesling, Pinot Noir and other varieties. Tasman area wines are sold around the world. Boutique family-owned wineries craft exquisite wines from the hills to the plains.
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Tasman Private Tour
NZ$360
INCLUDES: One wine tasting or other local drink DEPARTURE: according to demand DURATION: 4 hours can be extended to full day trip FITNESS LEVEL: has to be discussed WALKING TIME: flexible PICK-UP :At your accommodation in Nelson, Mapua or Motueka This is a personalized half day or day trip with a guide with a lot of local knowledge. Your guide is an experienced traveller, who lives locally and enjoys to deliver a personalized fun experience in our area. Tell us what you would like to do or Tell us about your interest and we create a trip for you or Choose some some blocks of our other tours: - Wine tasting - Food tasting, visiting good local restaurants or cafes  -Beer tasting - Beach stops - Stops at historical places - Stops at local towns or harbours - Abel Tasman National Park - Short walks in a National Park or in our area - Takaka with Waikoropupu Springs - Golden Bay with Wharariki Beach, Farewell Spit, Waikoropupu Springs (only available on full day trip)
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Abel Tasman "Off The Beaten Track" for fit Walkers
NZ$299
Our Tour Guide will pick you up at your accommodation at around 7.30am. The walk starts in Marahau at about 8.45am before all Watertaxi services enter the park. We will follow  the Coast Track to Tinline Bay for about 30 minutes. Here  we turn off the main track and climb up the hill climbing steadily away from the coast and then steeply through regenerating forest. Later we will have stunning views over the coastline.  After about  2 h ½ hours Holyoake Clearing is reached, where there is a shelter and a camping area, where we can have lunch. Later we climb down to Anchorage Bay (1 ½ hours) to  one of our favourite Abel Tasman beaches with golden sand. You can have a swim, a stroll along the beach or another short walk to Cleopatra's Pool is possible.  Plenty of time to enjoy the area before we head back with a Sea Shuttle to Marahau.  You will be back in Motueka at about 4.30pm.  Fitness Level 4 At times challenging tramping track Can include uneven track surfaces and river crossings For hiker who look for a challenge Very good fitness required  Altitude gains up to 600m A day pack has to be carried Walks up to 6 hours
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Golden Bay - Wharariki Beach - Farewell Spit
NZ$179
The wild northwestern coast of the South Island is the perfect place for a day adventure.Number one on every to do list of Golden Bay is Wharariki Beach.Not far behind is  Farewell Spit, a 26 km long arm of fine golden sand which is the country's longest sandspit. Golden Bay is nestled into the South Island's north-west corner. A chain of steep and rugged mountains cuts its fertile river plains and valleys from the rest of the island. We will stop at Te Waikoropupu Springs, the largest resurgence in the Southern Hemisphere.  ‘Pupu Springs' is a colourful little lake refreshed with around 14,000L of water per second surging from underground vents. It is a sacred Maori place.There will definitely be time to explore alternative  livestyler town Takaka. Takaka is full of character.  Enjoy outstanding cafes and an interesting choice of shops and art galleries. If you do not want to miss out and are ready to come with us on a long day trip in our comfortable bus, book soon. Our day trip begins at 8.30am from the information centre in Motueka or at 7.3 am from the Bus Depot in Nelson.  You can get a pick up from your accommodation or close to your accommodation. We try to orientate our trip on the tide in Wharakiki Beach. Our order of how we do the trip may change. We will first drive over the Takaka hill (791m)  On the way we pass dramatic lookouts over Tasman Bay,  Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay. We will have a stop at Te Waikoropupu Springs, the largest freshwater springs Australasia and reputedly the clearest in the world. We will have a stop at Farewell Spit Cafe (The cafe is open during summer season). You will be able to take in the stunning views over Farewell Spit. At low tide  you will be able to walk the length of the 1km long beach at Wharariki Beach (15 min. away from Farewell Spit). At high tide you walk over farmland first. The walk over farmland is stunning. You arrive at the most amazing beach, sand dunes and huge rock formations. If you are lucky you might see seals. In Takaka - halfway on our trip from Motueka to Wharariki Beach - there is time for shopping and cafes. Driving time for the whole day, starting from Motueka, is about 5 hours in total. Walking time on the beach is about 1 hour, partly though sand. This part of the West Coast can be very windy. Please be prepared for a walk with a lot of wind on the beach.
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Half Day Marlborough Wine Tour
NZ$115
The same as our Full Day “Winemaker’s Tour” but excluding the morning winery tour and behind the scene tasting.  A good option for people who are passing through with less time to spare who still desire the expert knowledge and connections that a winemaker tour guide can offer.  On our half day tour you get up close and personal with the Marlborough wine region and visit 3-4 wineries.  Also on request the tour can include local Breweries or a visit to Makana Chocolate Shop.  Time for Lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Whats on offer Half day wine tasting tour. Pick up in Blenheim and Renwick only.  (Picton, Rarangi and Havelock Groups only by special arrangement)  Time of tour approximately 12.15pm – 4.30pm Free pick up from your accommodation in Blenheim/ Renwick. (Picton half day tour only available by special arrangement please call or email)  Get insights from your winemaker/tour guide. Taste world famous, and boutique wines of Marlborough. 40 Cellar doors to choose from.  The tour may include Cloudy Bay, Allen Scott, Saint Clair Visit 3-4 Wineries but tailor your tour to include visits to local breweries, or the chocolate factory. All tasting fees included in the tour also free pick up in Blenheim and within 15 Km of Blenheim  (Half day tour Pick ups not always available if staying in Rarangi, Picton or Havelock please book full day or a Private tour or contact to make special arrangements)
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Full Day Marlborough Winemaker tour
NZ$140
Whats on offer Pickup 9.30(Picton) 10-10.15 am (Blenheim).  Finish 4.30 pm - 5 pm Free pick up from your accommodation in Blenheim/ Renwick. (For Picton there is an additional NZ$40 Picton Transfer)  Sample wine straight from the tank. Get insights from your winemaker/tour guide. Capture the best behind-the-scenes winery photos. Taste world famous, and boutique wines of Marlborough. 40 Cellar doors to choose from the tour may include Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, Saint Clair Visit 4-6 Wineries but tailor your tour to include visits to local breweries or the chocolate factory…  All tasting fees included in the tour.
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Private Tour - Winemaker tour Guide
NZ$360
Let our winemaker tailor a Marlborough wine tour especially for you or your group’s needs… or let us surprise you with something special!  You decide the start and finish time of the tour. Visit only your favourite wineries.  Get behind the scenes. Focus on boutique, or organic wineries, breweries, combine wine and food, eat at Marlborough’s finest… anything is possible with a private tour. This option is recommended for families with children under the age of 12.  We can visit wineries more suited to young families, to keep everyone happy. If you are arriving on a cruise ship to Picton we can arrange a tour that works around your ship’s schedule. Private tours can be arranged on request.  Please contact us for a quote if you have more than 4 guests.  Tour can cater for large corporate or sports team groups.
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Clos Henri Vineyard Tasting Room
NZ$10
Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Clos Henri is the wine estate meticulously established and organically run by the famous Sancerre wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois. Come taste our unique terroir. Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Cellar Door Tasting
NZ$10
A perfect way to enjoy Hans’ bold, limited-production and cult blends. Enjoy a rotating selection of our current releases including a library vintages. Includes 4 wines.  Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Private wine tour
NZ$49
This immersive communal experience hosted by one of our passionate wine professional includes a stroll through the wonderful gardens, an introduction our organic Estate vineyard, an unveiling of the wine production and a journey to the holy grail - the barrel hall and ageing cellar. This unique tour culminates with a tasting of our iconic, Estate-grown wines. Highly recommended for fun-loving novice wine buffs, as well as the accomplished wine aficionado. Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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Private cellar door tasting
NZ$0
We love hosting people at the home of Mahi and our Cellar Door is open for private bookings by appointment only. We offer a thoughtful, honest an educational look at our winery, a chance to see behind closed doors and gain an in-depth understanding and insight into the winemaking process. Booking requests need to be made 48hrs in advance. Please don't consider your booking is confirmed until you receive your booking confirmed email.
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