Marlborough Wine Region--April 4-6, 2006


I spent a couple of nights in a city called Nelson, mainly relaxing and doing a few errands. Then I headed to a city about an hour and a half away called Renwick. This is in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. They are famous for their sauvignon blanc grapes that are grown here as well as pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, etc.

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It's OK to drink and bicycle

One of the appeals to this region is there are so many wineries in a small area. The Backpackers (hostel) I stayed at rents out bicycles to its guests and it makes it very easy to get to the wineries without having to worry about driving a car. There are some spectacular view of the grapes vines from the bicycle.

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Harvest time

When visiting the wineries, most of them give free samples of their wines. Of course their main reason for doing this is to entice you to buy. I spent one day cycling around to 7 (if I remember correctly... I drank a bunch that day) different wineries and sampled their delicious wines. The second day I cycled with 4 others that I met at the Backpackers the night before. As is was the end of harvest time we were also able to see grapes being picked and talked to a couple owners of wineries that gave us some more insight into the grape growing.

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Views from the hill

Bicycling around the area was very easy. It was mostly flat, except for one winery that was perched on a small hill and gave great views of the surrounding area.

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