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Katrina, our guide was great. The winery's were fun and tasted some great wines.
Paula F United States of ...
Absolutely a fabulous day, 5 unique wineries, a chocolate stop and a fabulous lunch of amazing NZ mussels, much bigger than those of New England in the US. Loved the outside Jasmine garden in which we ate. It was 9 people and we did several viators with the same group as it happened. We got to be friends. Love the driver guide. I since have forgot her name but she also took us to a high point to take a picture of our ship. She extended herself to make it special and even stopped for one of the ladies who needed something at the pharmacy and at a farm stand for us to purchase fruit. Really a great tour and guide.
An excellent tour. Highly recommended . We did 4 vineyards would have done 5 if we hadn't prolonged our excellent lunch at the Geisen vineyard, and had to get back to our cruise ship. Our guide was very informative and the small group made it better. We would definitely do again...
It was a great day, very nice wineries we visited. The lunch restaurant was excellent. We came off of a cruise ship. The tour made sure we were back in time to board the ship!
Kevin G United States of ...
Overall, this tour was amazing. We found our local driver very easily once we got off the port shuttles and because it was a smaller group 7 of us, but missing one couple it made it that much easier to move from each winery. My wife and I both really wanted to do this tour b/c of our interest in wines from Marlborough. We went to 4 local wineries that we have not tried in the US and each place was unique in its own way. Most of the time, I drink red wine, so this tour was good b/c it opened up my eyes to different white wines from the area. We really enjoyed the wine from Spy Valley winery much smaller distribution and output and had lunch at Giesen Winery. One of their daily specials was a cheese and meat tray for 2 that included a glass of one of the wines we sampled. It came with local bread that was really good and the overall setting was amazing. After the fourth winery, we stopped at a local chocolate place can't remember the name got some free samples and bought some gifts. Our driver Kevin was awesome too. He made sure to let us know how much time we had left at each place but wasn't pushy and allowed everyone to really enjoy their time there. I would highly recommend this tour.
We loved this tour! There were only eight of us on the tour plus our guide. We went to three boutique wineries and had lunch. Enjoyed all the tastings. Our guide told us about the area as we drove, plus a farmer was moving his sheep from one field to another down the street we were on. What a unique experience. The only downside was the wineries were small so they do not sell their wines in the US.
A great time. Thought about giving it only four stars but hard to criticise it because some of our fellow tourists were painful. And the tour guide coped very well with the challenges they presented.
This was an awesome trip to the Marlborough Region. We got to experience some beautiful wines and being a small group we could see more wineries. Was not worried at all about getting back to the ship as the driver is always very aware of this. I would recommend this to people cruising into the Picton area.
Joseph W Australia
The minibuses were waiting for us and off we went.The wineries we went to were excellent and we brought home some different wines. Lunch at Giesen winery was excellent. We had NZ mussels while the others had cheese and meat platters. Great day
Melissa M USA
Fantastic tour and great wineries. Superb lunch at the last winery. Guide allowed us to move at our own pace and decide what extras we might want to explore. Great chocolate shop at the end!
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