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Click here to read what my clients said about this tour On the three tours I ran to New Zealand in 2014 we discovered, of course, a fabulously beautiful country with lovely wine.  But our overriding memories were of the people we met – who lavished their time upon us and gave us the most…(Read More)

I have been extraordinarily lucky with the weather! Throughout my five weeks here in New Zealand, the weather overall has been excellent. A bit windy from time to time, the odd spot of rain and oodles of sunshine when it mattered. Today, the final day of tour 3 was the same. Warm and sunny with…(Read More)

Even though I’m sad to have paid my last visits (this time) to Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and Blenheim, I do love Southern Otago.  Queenstown is such a glorious place to be. Situated on the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, it is a vibrant, exciting town that attracts the skiers and the adrenaline junkies so it’ s…(Read More)

Fabulous weather again greeted us in what would turn out to be a fascinating day. Tom Maling from Kim Crawford Wines was our host. Tom was highly entertaining as he took us on a wonderful journey around the Wairau Valley, over to the Awatere Valley, across to Grasmere lake, Blind River and finishing up for…(Read More)

A big first day in Marlborough beckoned as we took on three wineries. As ever, our first stop of the day was to see Kevin Judd at his Greywacke operation. Kevin, formerly the chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay, is softly spoken, succinct with his answers and creator of superb wines. We tasted through six wines…(Read More)

It was breezy but sunny on day 4 in Martinborough. Ata Rangi was our only visit today before we crossed to Marlborough but what a sensational experience.  Without a doubt, one of the best wineries in New Zealand with a phenomenal reputation for Pinot Noir. Clive Paton is a legend in Martinborough wine history, having…(Read More)

Luck has been on our side on all the tours and day 3 was no exception. As we departed south for Central Hawkes Bay and the unique Pukeora estate, a gentle breeze softened the intense sunshine. Max and Kate are the proud owners of Pukeora. 80 hectares of land that has an old hospital that…(Read More)

Yet another bright blue, sunny day dawned for day 2 in Hawkes Bay. The Gimblett Gravels have become the most important wine producing area in New Zealand, and since they were considered as suitable for viticulture back in the 1980’s, have been transformed from land deemed only suitable for sheep into very expensive vineyard…(Read More)

Despite ghastly weather in Napier in the days before the tour started, the sun shone brightly for the first full day of Tour 3.  The weather has been unbelievably good on all three tours – so far…. There have been many sceptics about visiting a commercial bottling facility, but without a doubt our visits to…(Read More)

A great start to tour 3. Dinner was held once again at the outstanding MINT restaurant in Napier – just a short hop from the excellent Nautilus hotel that overlooks the Pacific ocean. Ruth and Stephen Beere are the owners of MINT with Ruth front of house and Stephen in the kitchen. Highlights were the…(Read More)