Enjoy Southern Wineries With Us!
3-10 May 2017
Another pilgrimage by Tauranga Tasting Tours to the stunning wineries of Nelson, Marlborough & Martinborough
Eight wonderful days, enriched with wine and food.
Like a fine wine, the winery tours run by Tauranga Tasting Tours just keep getting better!
Visit some of the best wineries in New Zealand. Great wine, great food and, of course, great company.
3 MAY (DAY 1):
Fly from Tauranga to Nelson. Tauranga Tasting Tours will be waiting for you at Nelson airport ready to start our winery tour. Our first stop will be at Waimea Estates for a tasting & lunch. Waimea have won 23 trophies & 133 medals for their wine.
We will proceed to Seifried Estate, one of Nelson’s oldest & largest producers. Seifried, as well as producing well-known varieties, produces limited quantities of some unusual varieties such as wurzer; there are only 100 ha of this planted in the world! We will then return to our accommodation in Nelson, the Quest, Collingwood St.
4 MAY (DAY 2).
We will begin our second day, at Neudorf Vineyards, before travelling on to Kahurangi Estate. Neudorf’s owners started with a Masters in Animal Behaviour, an “unimpressive journalistic career”, 4 mortgages, 3 jobs – and a passion to produce wine. They now export to 16 countries.
Kahurangi specialise in hand-made premium-quality wines & focus on aromatic grape varieties. They are the oldest cellar door in Nelson & have the oldest commercial Riesling vines. At Kahurangi Estate, we'll not only taste their exceptional wines, but will have 3 ports out of their port library, from The House of Khone, Oporto, with a nibble match. Lunch will be enjoyed at Mahana Estates, an organic vineyard in the Moutere Hills. Mahana’s wine-maker, Michael Glover, is considered to be 1 of the top 12 winemakers in Oceania.
Our final visit for the day will be to Glovers Vineyard.
A small taste of our tour, enjoy the video from Kahurangi
5 MAY (DAY 3):
We will leave Nelson for our Marlborough wineries. The boutique Clos Henri, run by the famous Sancerre (Loire Valley, France) wine-growing family of Henri Bourgeois, will be our first visit. Clos Henri has 3 unique soil types which lead to wine styles totally different from each-other. This will be followed by Wairau River, where we will lunch. Wairau River has 10 estate vineyards, 100% family owned & run. They keep yields low to ensure quality product. Our last stop will be at one of our favourites, Framingham Winery. Their website says it all, as do their excellent wines:”In a cluttered wine landscape, where so many seem the same, we believe in doing things differently.”
We will spend the next 3 nights at accommodation in Blenheim.
6 MAY (DAY 4):
Bladen Estate & Forrest Estate will precede lunch at the wonderful Wither Hills Winery.
An overseas visitor to Bladen wrote in her review:” This isn’t the same scale as a commercial vineyard & totally deserves support & praise for their quality products. The best wine I tasted in the region. I will be purchasing this wine in the UK.”
Forrest Estate & Wither Hills have both been visited on previous winery tours we have taken. The reason we are returning is because of their excellent wines & presentations.
In the afternoon, we will travel on to Spy Valley Wines, another award-winning winery we have visited several times & thoroughly recommend.
7 MAY (DAY 5):
Seresin Winery will start the day, with lunch at Rock Ferry Winery. Both wineries are small, but well-worth visiting. Post lunch, we will visit the renowned Hans Hertzog Winery & the chocolate factory, as we think you may be getting “Wined out”.
8 MAY (DAY 6):
We will have an early start & cross on the ferry to Wellington, before travelling to begin our Martinborough winery experience. We will lunch at Tirohana Estate, before visiting Alana Wines.
Our accommodation will be in Greytown.
9 MAY (DAY 7):
Coney Winese & Atarangi will precede lunch at prestigious Murdoch James Winery. In the afternoon we will travel on to Te Kairanga. The names of Coney wines will appeal to those with a musical bent (- Pizzicato Pinot Noir, Rallentando Riesling, Ramblin’ Rosé …).
10 MAY (DAY 8):
Return trip to Tauranga.
South Island Wineries 3-10 May 2017
COST: Single $3245.00pp., Twin Share $2685.00pp. (Includes all transport including flight ex-Tauranga to Nelson, coach transport & return ferry crossing, accommodation, winery lunches, tastings/presentations.) Evening meals will be at your own discretion.
Deposit: $300.00 to be paid on booking. Balance to be paid by 3 April.
We only have room for 12 people on this trip, so make your booking now to be sure of a place on the tour.
TAURANGA TASTING TOURS & CHARTERS
Ph: (07) 544 1383