Shore Excursion: Blenheim Wine Tour from Picton - Reviews

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kg9222

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

We had the outstanding privilege of touring this area with Sue as our guide. We were two couples traveling together, and she took us around in her SUV, just us, so we got up close, and personal stories and history of the area. Sue was the most excellent of guides and knew about everything we saw and asked about. She and her husband Mike really have a wonderful tour service, and if I ever go back there, we will ask for them for sure. We visited 5 wineries, each one spectacular for it's own reasons. The wine samplings were generous and of very good quality. It was hard not to order a case at each one. We had a wonderful lunch, and ended the day with chocolate again, so, so good. Thanks Sue - we loved all the pictures you sent us. Merry Christmas to you and Mike and family.

rhkafrance

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

One of my favorite tours. Sue from Jade Tours was amazing. She took us to five wineries and all were excellent. We never felt rushed and were warmly welcomed at each one. Sue even took pictures throughout the day and emailed them to us. I highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to try the excellent Marlborough wine region.

ROBERT L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Great guide, very informative -- should have had lunch at the third. location rather than the 4th.with the amount of wine tastings and time of day needed food earlier.

Lynn K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Sue from Jade Tours gave us a special day to remember. The trip was informative and we visited several wineries.
The van was very comfortable and we had a great day. Sue told us about the area as we traveled to each winery.

Scott T. United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Great tour overall. The 12 passenger bus was completely full which made it a bit tight but not uncomfortable. The wineries were beautiful and each offered ample wines to taste. The lunch location and menu were fantastic but were not included in the cost of the tour so bring money or a credit card. On our tour we had enough time to stop at a local chocolate confectionary Makana where we tasted and ended up purchasing delicious chocolates. Wine and chocolate what else could you ask for...

Monika S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Loved it!

Karen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

We visited approx. 5 wineries in the area with no less than 5 tastings at each. Lunch was at Wairau Winery in the garden which was absolutely lovely and we also visited a chocolate shop. Commentary by Mike the driver was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.

Marie B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

We had a great day touring the wineries with Mike from Jade Tours. We visited 5 wineries and had a great lunch at Giesen Wines, followed by a visit to the chocolate factory Yum. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, on time and got us back to the ship with a little extra tour around Picton! Thanks for a great day.

Boyd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

When I have gone on a cruise, I have always booked shore excursions through the cruise lines. This was the first tour I booked through Viator so I was a little apprehensive about it. But there was no reason to be. The cost of the excursion was a lot less than a similar excursion through the cruise line and certainly more enjoyable because there were only about 10 people on the tour as compared to 30-40 on a similar excursion booked with the cruise line. The excursion turned out just as it was advertised. We went to at least 4 different wineries, a chocolate shop, and ate at one of the wineries on our own which had fabulous food. The tour guide was outstanding. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants to taste many varieties of New Zealand wines.

Philip D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

Great trip . Good information between tasting venues, and superb venue choice for a great lunch. Brilliant !!

VERICA J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Our tour guide Sam was wonderful. She took us to several wineries where we did some tasting and learned about the history of NZ wines. My husband was quite impressed that the wine industry was started by a Croatian, from his own homeland. Sam told us a lot about NZ and answered all our questions. The chocolate factory was fantastic were we sampled some home made preservative free chocolate. She also took photos of us continuously which will form part of our memories of NZ. We completed our tour at an amazing lookout point. We have returned to Sydney with many beautiful memories of NZ. The people are wonderful and friendly. I would highly recommend a day tour with Sam.

Alison R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Was just what we wanted! Mike was really friendly and had excellent knowledge of the area. He also adjusted our trip to suit our group- importantly to incorporate a boutique chocolate factory! His choice for our lunch venue was absolutely spot on and it was delicious. No coach loads of other tourists. Very good value.

Greg S

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2018

This was a small group tour of five wineries in the Marlborough wine region. Pick-up from the ship was easy and well organized, and the tour guide and driver was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the New Zealand wine industry. All five wineries were interesting and varied. We had a great day! My wife and I recommend this tour very highly.

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