In October 2006 we did a trip to New Zealand starting with a few days in the North Island covering Aukland and Rotorua. From Rotorua we flew to Blenheim in the South Island via Wellington.The bulk of the trip covered the South Island starting from Blenheim and driving around the island anti-clockwise visiting Picton, Nelson, Punakaiki, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson, Haast, Queenstown, Te Anua, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Moeraki, Oamaru, Mount Cook and finishing in Christchurch.
Our first stop in the South Island of New Zealand was Blenheim and the heart of the Marlborough wine growing area. We stayed at an absolutely wonderful B&B, The Peppertree, where they had their own vines, and grew all their own fruit and vegetables. The owners invited in to their lounge to join them for a drink before we headed out for dinner and were treated to their very own wine as we looked out over the back garden where the vines were – very special.
Our first winery stop was Wither Hills which we had not heard of before but were extremely impressed with. It was a fabulous facility and interesting to visit and of course lovely to sample their wonderful crisp white Sauvignon Blancs and the other varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Next stop we visited the Seresin Winery which again had some great selections of various white wines.
Then it was on to a wine we were familiar with – Cloudy Bay. Again some wonderful white wines but on the whole we felt that Wither Hills was the winner. It’s just that Cloudy Bay has done such a great job marketing internationally that we are more familiar with this winery.
Last stop was Brancott winery which was very close to our B&B so convenient to stop off for a last one before we went back (hic!)
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