Day Twenty Two: Blenheim Wine Tour, then on to Motueka!

Our Blenheim morning started with food from the grocery store across the street and some take-away flat whites. Then it was time to meet Carol our guide for our Marlborough Wine tour! We went to three wineries: Hunters, Allan Scott, and Seresin. You may or may not know that I’m not a wine drinker, so while I enjoyed the tour a lot I didn’t do any of the wine tastings. Trust me, there was plenty to see while the tasters were inside sampling wine! It turned out to be a beautiful morning, and there were some lovely gardens and art to look at!

Wine tour van

wine is sunlight

Hunters 1

Hunter 2

Hunter 3

Hunter 4

Interesting style. Very textured on parts of the canvas.

Interesting style. Very textured on parts of the canvas.

Looks like something in my dad's studio!

Looks like something in my dad’s studio!

Feel like you're being watched? I did!

Feel like you’re being watched? I did!

Hunter 8 giant red leaf

LOVE these racks. My cousins have one. At least they used to before they moved to New York...

LOVE these racks. My cousins have one. At least they used to before they moved to New York…

It's a vintage wine labeling machine.

It’s a vintage wine labeling machine.

Hunter 11 doorway

Allan Scott 1 building

Allan Scott 2 warning

Too freaking cute! It took me all of 2 seconds to spot this when I walked into the winery.

Too freaking cute! It took me all of 2 seconds to spot this when I walked into the winery.

Allan Scott 4 2 bunnies

Allan Scott 4 2 bunny signs

Allan Scott 5 vineyard

Agapanthus were in full bloom and very pretty.

Agapanthus were in full bloom and very pretty.

EVERY work place needs an emergency plan, even a winery! Assemble here please.

EVERY work place needs an emergency plan, even a winery! Assemble here please.

Seresin 1

I love the Seresin logo, which was the owner's handprint.

I love the Seresin logo, which was the owner’s handprint.

Seresin 3

Seresin 4

Not just wine on offer here.

Not just wine on offer here.

Side of the winery.

Side of the winery.

Grapes get dropped into this gigantic bin.

Grapes get dropped into this gigantic bin.

Because we were not all drinking wine, Carol was kind enough to take us to not one but TWO places to taste chocolate!! I was in too much of a hurry to remember to take a photo of the first place. I can tell you for a fact that their chocolate is heavenly and I bought some to take with us. It is called Makana. I got “expresso stix” which are long and thin like pretzel sticks and they’re made from dark chocolate with expresso flavor. OH MY GOODNESS, they’re great and they’re almost gone already and it’s only been 10 hours since I got them! Here’s the second chocolate stop:

Fudge tasting

choc stop sign wine

After we finished up the tour we stopped to get some groceries (snacks) to eat in the car on the 3 hour drive to Motueka. It rained quite a bit of the way, but by the time we got to Nelson it had stopped, and in Motueka it was just beautiful! We went out to dinner at Simply Indian on High Street and it was really tasty! A couple of quick shots from the beautiful garden at the lodge, with more to come tomorrow.

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Drying the jacket out...

Drying the jacket out…

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Solar clothes dryers provided!

Solar clothes dryers provided!

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Welcome!

Welcome!

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One Response to Day Twenty Two: Blenheim Wine Tour, then on to Motueka!

  1. Gretchen says:

    Still have the wine rack (riddler)! It currently hides out in our storage unit in CA waiting for our next home.
    Pretzels + chocolate = heaven. Add espresso? OMG.

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