Recipe for A Slice of Paradise in Marlborough

Interested in great food, wine & some exercise to appease the guilt? Yes! Then you should be planning your next holiday - cycling Marlborough's vineyards.

Take a vine-filled, braided river valley and surround it with majestic mountains. Add a splash of sunshine in a cloudless blue sky, toss in a mix of  world-renown wineries and award winning restaurants , then grab a friend, hire a couple of bikes and cycle amongst these sensational scenic surroundings - the ingredients for a fantastic fun-filled day in Marlborough's wine country.

Cycle! Sip! Savour!

The wine region of Marlborough is situated in a flat, sundrenched valley and offers easy cycling on sealed country roads. What better way to tour the wine trail, with over forty wineries to choose from, than by bike? With the wind in your hair and the sun on your back, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas, you can visit iconic wineries for tastings of the world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - what more could you possibly want? Maybe some spicy Pinot Noir or a velvety Merlot? A citrus flavoured riesling? A creamy Pinot Gris? Marlborough has them all - and more!

Along the way enjoy lunch at one of the many of the vineyard restaurants, with styles ranging from French cuisine to fresh local fare - something for everyone's taste. Some wineries invite you to picnic in their gardens while enjoying a 'flight' of their wines; an exceptionally pleasant way to spend a summer's day.

The region's best kept secrets are the awesome autumns and the wonderful winters. The long lingering sunshine through autumn, essential in the ripening process of the grapes creates an Indian Summer like no other. The autumn colours are breathtaking with the entire valley changing from its summer vivid green to an expanse of gold and red. To top it off an occasional cold snap can bring a sprinkling of snow on the mountains.

Many wineries and restaurants remain open during the winter months. Imagine sitting in front of a roaring fire, snow on the ranges, pinot in hand with hot hearty soup on the menu. Don't wait a moment longer. Add 'Cycle Marlborough's Wine country' to  your bucket list, now!

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