Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Wine Region Small-Group Tour - Reviews

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Victor E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Dean was our tour guide and did an excellent job. We had 2 other guest on the tour till noon. Dean was very informative and engaging and kept us entertained for the trip down to the vineyards. We visited 3 Cellar Doors in the morning had lunch and another 6 people joined our group. We visited 2 additional Cellar Doors and a chocolate factory in the afternoon before heading back to Picton.
Each tasting was different in style, ambience and character of the wines. It was a fun day seeing the countyside, learning about the various techniques in making wine, and tasting the differences.

david.mmp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

One word, superb. From start to finish 10 out of 10. The tour company that looked after us, Marlborough Wine Tours were brilliant.

TREVOR T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

GREAT TOUR WITH LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SIDE. WINERIES WERE THE BEST PART BY FAR.

Sandra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Katrina, our guide, did a super job of narrating and explaining about grapes and wines in the Marlborough Region. We visited several wineries and had a wonderful lunch, that we paid for. We also visited a Marlborough candy maker. It was a wonderful day and a great taste of this part of New Zealand.

Andrewstair67

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Very good wine tour. We went to four very nice winery's and ate at one of them. The meal was great a the wine even better. A great tour for Picton and the driver was fun and very accommodating. I would do this tour again!

Briggsy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Great day and the wine tasting was great

Natalie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Very good. A must do tour, thoroughly enjoyable!

tina w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

What an amazing tour 4 wineries all had a great selection of wines ready for us to taste and gave us some great local history etc. Lunch was ok this was at our own cost but only 3 choices and expensive i am sure there are other places better in the area. Our driver was amazing with great local knowledge and stories.

wfpratt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This was an excellent tour through the Malborough Region. Experienced some great wines as we visited 4 wineries. It was a nice day and I would recommend this tour for others.

Camille W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Wonderful small group tour with Tracy, visiting 5 very nice wineries and a chocolatier. I might have preferred another full-line winery over the sparkling wine-only at the last stop, but not really complaining. The lunch at Giesen was GREAT!!!

amishrn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Katrina, our guide was great. The winery's were fun and tasted some great wines.

Paula F United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

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.

Alan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

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...

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

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 ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

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.

Rick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

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.

Crusher Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

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.

Collette P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

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!

Alan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

This tour is amazing! First of all, our tour guide Trishia was amazing! We stopped in 6 vineyards which were amazing a stop in a nice chocolate factory. In each we tasted 4-5 different wines in one of them we had lunch. The attention by Trishia was really nice, and each vineyard was very nice. Highly recommended tour!

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

We loved the region and not having to drive was a real bonus. The driver was very accommodating to any other wineries we wanted to go

Stephen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

EXCELLENT

dj.ridings6

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Our guide Andy was fabulous. Everything was pre arranged at the wineries and we received VIP treatment. Andy knew the area extremely well and managed to let us spend some time exploring some additional shops and wineries that were not originally part of our tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to take a tour of the wineries in the Picton region.

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Tour was exceptional. The tour guide was well informed and very accommodating. We visited a number of wineries and tasted some delicious wines, topped off with a delicious lunch and a visit to a handmade chocolate supplier. Would highly recommend this tour. Great value for money.

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