Whether you are thirsty for knowledge… or thirsty for wine, let the experts in the industry open doors to places you can’t go without a winemaker, like behind the scenes to taste wine straight out of the barrel. This tour will leave you satisfied whether you know everything, something, or nothing about wine.
Hop ‘N’ grape tours is perfectly suited for visitors wanting a great day out, taking in a behind the scenes tour of some pretty awesome wineries, along with great lunch locations and the opportunity to sample premium microbreweries. What sets this tour from the others is you learn the art of winemaking and the difference in soil types that characterise the unique wines grown in Marlborough.
You will get to taste world famous Marlborough Sav Blanc, Pinot Noir, Aromatics and Methode Traditionelle and many more on this taste of Marlborough wineries, Hop ‘N’ grape tours provide a very personalised experience being fun, flexible and informative wine tour tailored for you making the most of your time in Marlborough.
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, 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.
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.
For those who want only the finest! This is a premium group tour experience, with all the extras.
The tour includes a vineyard walk and talk to explain the yearly growth cycle, and an insight into viticulture, terroir, and harvest, with an opportunity to taste grapes straight off the vine.
You will then be taken on a exclusive winery tour of Mount Riley Winery, where you may taste grape juice fresh from the press, sample a young Pinot Noir from the barrel, or try a freshly filtered Sauvignon Blanc. A private tasting of Mount Riley’s wine selection, hosted by your winemaker guide will educate your mind and palate before continuing around the Marlborough wine country, stopping at some of the best wineries to experience their “advanced tastings” .
Lunch is of course a highlight of this tour, as you indulge in a three-course gourmet lunch and wine pairing at one of the fabulous Marlborough wineries.
Please note: Due to Health & Safety reasons full access into the working winery may not be available during the busy vintage season months March-April. During this time we stand at a safe distance to observe the winery at work.
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.
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!
These include, Moa, Renaissance, & 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. There are over 20 tap beers to choose from!
Book now to avoid disappointment as we are a small company
with only spaces for 11 lucky folks and we always fill up quickly!