Our Tours – With a Winemaker

Full Day “Winemaker’s Tour”
Half Day “Wino’s Tour”
Private “Winemaker’s Tour”
Cruise Ship Wine Tours
Brewery Tours 

Full Day “Winemaker’s Tour”

Exclusive Winery Tour

 

  • Get insights from your winemaker/tour guide
  • Exclusive winery tour and tasting
  • Informative vineyard stop 
  • A flexible tour experience
  • Visit 4-6 wineries (tasting fees included)
  • Lunch at a vineyard restaurant (at own cost) 
  • Complimentary collection and drop off at your accommodation in Blenheim/Renwick
  • Tour running time 10.30 – 4.30pm approximately
  • Small group size (Max. 11 people)
  • Only $99 May – October/ $130 November – April (There is an additional charge for Picton/Havelock transfers)

With a winemaker as your guide; you get a close look at the wine production process as your winemaker educates your mind and your palate from vineyard to bottle!  Exclusive to Hop ‘n Grape, we go beyond the cellar door so you can sample the best – straight from the barrel.  You can ask all those curly questions, and capture the best behind-the-scenes winery photos, so you can dazzle your friends back home with your NZ Wine Know-How!  Our full day tour starts with a behind-the-scenes look at a modern-day winery. You’ll either taste grape juice fresh from the press; sample a young Pinot Noir from the barrel; or try a freshly filtered Sauvignon Blanc.

Next, we’ll get up close and personal with the Marlborough wine region and you’ll taste any delight that isn’t tied down. In our full day tour you visit 4-6 wineries which can include local breweries, with over 40 cellar doors to choose from, if you’ve got a favourite we’ll do our best to get you there.  Lunch at a vineyard restaurant is always a highlight.  There is opportunity to do a Cheese tasting, Olive oil tasting or a visit to Makana Chocolate Shop.

 

Half Day “Wino’s Tour”

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Informative Vineyard Stop

 

  • Get insights from your winemaker/tour guide
  • Informative vineyard stop
  • A flexible tour experience
  • Visit 3-4 wineries (tasting fees included)
  • Lunch at a vineyard restaurant (at own cost) 
  • Tour available from 12.30pm – 4.30pm approximately
  • Small group size (Max. 11 people)
  • Complimentary collection and drop off at your accommodation in Blenheim/Renwick
  • This option is not always available from Picton/Havelock so please check prior to booking.
  • Only $80 dollars May – October/ $95 November – April (There is an additional charge for Picton/Havelock transfers)

The same as our Full Day “Winemaker’s Tour” but excluding the winery tour.  A good option for people who are passing through with less time to spare who still desire the expert knowledge and connections that a winemaker tour guide can offer.

On our half day tour you get up close and personal with the Marlborough wine region, including an informative vineyard stop where you have the unique opportunity to ask all those curly questions and you can trust that you will get the answers!

In our Half-day day tour you visit 3-4 wineries which can include local breweries, a Cheese tasting, Olive oil tasting or a visit to Makana Chocolate Shop. lunch at a vineyard restaurant is always a highlight but optional for our half-day customers.

Private “Winemaker’s Tour”

Journey Through Historic Buildings

 

  • Get insights from your winemaker/tour guide
  • Tailored and flexible tour experience
  • You choose the start and finish time of the tour
  • Visit only your favourite wineries
  • Tasting fees included
  • Delicious gourmet lunch at a vineyard restaurant  
  • Great for families, or solo tours, or groups up to 11 people
  • Complimentary collection and drop off at your accommodation in Blenheim/Renwick

Let our winemaker tailor a Marlborough wine tour especially for you or your group’s needs… or let us surprise you with something special!  You decide the start and finish time of the tour. Visit your favourite wineries without having to compromise with others in the group.

You can get behind the scenes for a private tasting, or journey through historic buildings and vineyards, experience a native falcon encounter, or take a drive through the Awatere Valley and soak up Marlborough’s stunning scenery.  We can focus on boutique, or organic wineries, breweries, combine fine wine and food… anything is possible with a private tour.

This option is recommended for larger groups or families with children under the age of 12.  We can visit wineries more suited to young families to keep everyone happy.

If you are arriving on a cruise ship to Picton we can arrange a tour that works around your ship’s schedule.

Private tours can be arranged on request.  Please contact us for a quote.

Cruise Ship Wine Tours

Cruise Ship Tours
Wine Tours From Picton

 

  • Get insights from your winemaker/tour guide
  • A flexible tour experience
  • We fit in with your cruise ship schedule
  • Informative vineyard stop
  • Delicious gourmet lunch at a vineyard restaurant (at own cost)
  • Small group size (Max. 11 people)
  • Tasting fees included

Passengers arriving on a cruise ship into Picton can expect the same quality tour experience, as we can arrange a tour that works around your ship’s schedule. We collect our cruise ship passengers at the Picton Information Centre (Picton i-site), and you can relax knowing that we will deliver you safely and on time for your ship.  These tours can be arranged on request.  Please contact us for a quote and to check availability.


Do you prefer your water with barley and hops?

Good on ya mate!  Marlborough is the home of just a handful of breweries, but they just happen to be ultra-premium, hand-crafted, and award winning beers and ciders!

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Relaxing with a cold beer 

These include, Moa, Renaissance, and 8 Wired.  We can visit a local boutique brewery, a local pub with an immense amount of history, or the largest collection of barrel aged beers in the southern Hemisphere, where there are over 20 tap beers to choose from!

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

 

Book now to avoid disappointment as we are a small company with only spaces for 11 lucky folks and we always fill up quickly!