So it begins! Anyone’s time in Blenheim usually involves at least a tipple of wine in New Zealand’s largest wine-making region. Admittedly for us, we are going full-out. Today, we’re hopping on a bike and ride from vineyard to vineyard with Explore Marlborough!
However, we kind of feel like we should be a little ashamed waiting to be picked up for a wine tour at 9.30am… As we’re about to find out, time has no meaning when it comes to drinking wine in Marlborough and we’re all about trying out the customs in each region we visit so…
The branded Explore Marlborough minivan arrives to pick us up right outside our accommodation and we meet our guide for the day, Karen. Although Explore Marlborough offer self-guided bike hires around Blenheim’s vineyards, we figured we’d go for the guided option so we can learn more about the region as we go.
Preparing for a Winery-hopping bike ride
After picking up four more people for their guided tour which will happen simultaneously to ours just with a different guide (just so we are not holding them back with all our picture-taking, video-making travel guide nonsense), we park up at The Vines Village where a huge shipping container holding rows and rows of bikes awaits. Karen fits us up to our bikes complete with a cute basket in front to store our muesli bar and water provided. (And if the mood takes you, to fit any bottles of wine you might end up purchasing along the way).
Karen gives us a briefing of the plan using a map of the wine region, making sure we are cool with it and choosing wineries that will allow us to try Marlborough’s famous Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, as well as a mix of other wines. If we have any specific wines we’d like to try, then sure Karen could find a place.