Marlborough wines, particularly the lively, fruity sauvignon blanc are now famous around the world. There would be few wine afficionados who have not heard of (and tried) at least one Marlborough sauvignon blanc. We think it is so good we have recorded a song and video extolling its virtues. Check it out at: https://youtu.be/wur8yctcQKs
However many travellers are surprised to discover the huge variety amongst Marlborough wines. Not only can you find many different styles of sauvignon blanc, but we produce a wide range of other varieties. Join a wine tour with Na Clachan Wine Tours to discover a feast of wines, to understand which grapes are grown here and why and to learn more about your own wine preferences.
Questions we frequently get asked when people are enquiring about Na Clachan’s Marlborough wine tours is “where do you go, which wineries do you visit?” Fair enough questions, but for Na Clachan they are impossible to answer ahead of time. We do not start our wine tour with a fixed itinerary, but chat to our guests, find out what wines they enjoy, whether they have any particular requests and then do our best to tailor the day to suit the wishes of the group. After all, it is your one day in Marlborough, your Marlborough wine tour and if there is a particular place you want to visit then, if at all possible, we will include it in the tour.
There are about 40 cellar doors to choose from, so no two tours are alike. We may get asked to visit a particular winery, often one that has been a regular favourite with the guest. But the requests can be of a variety of types:
• wineries that are still family owned and operated
• NZ owned wineries
• boutique wineries
• a particular wine variety - riesling, gewurztraminer, bubbles (hmm, lovely)
• cellar doors with interesting architecture
• a look at the vines and the annual cycle of vineyard management
• places with interesting art or gifts
• a visit to a working winery (this can be a bit more tricky as wineries have strict health and safety regulations but we have our secret sources of viewing!)
• somewhere to watch the harvest (only an option in late March to April
• Anything but chardonnay (the classic ABC drinker)
• Somewhere with a brilliant view of the region
• somewhere else with a wine like that one!
But what if you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to see and taste? Don’t worry, our guides Helen and Chris have lots of great ideas. As we go, just tell us what you are enjoying and what is not so much to your taste and we will select places that match that style. Often guests just want to visit a selection of wineries to get a feel for what Marlborough gets up to and to understand a bit more about the history of the industry.
We can also include in a full or half day tour a delicious lunch in a relaxed outdoor setting at one of Marlborough’s wineries. Many of the restaurants focus on local produce - lamb, salmon, beef, seafood. There is always a vegetarian option and special dietary requirements are never a problem - though in some cases advanced warning is useful
Sometimes when we get asked “what is the plan for the day?” and say there is no plan, people can think that we are simply disorganised but we really want to be able to design the tour around your wishes and until we have met and chatted that is impossible to do. It actually makes our job a little more challenging, but the benefits for our guests make it all worthwhile.
Whatever your tastes, your day with Na Clachan will be memorable, and you will have mission to seek out new wines when you return home. For more information or to make a booking head to http//:www.naclachan.co.nz or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org