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TravelPod Member ReviewsVintners Retreat Blenheim
Nice 2 bedroom bungalow with lots of space. It is located a bit out of Blenheim but very handy for a few wineries. It has all the facilities you could need so we ate in mostly. Only down sides would be it is on the main road (SH6) so a bit noisy plus you have to drive if you want to eat out.
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Packed our bags and set off back to Nelson on route to Blenheim. We called in Nelson because it has a reputation for having lots of Arts and Crafts. Looked around a few places but nothing caught my eye so we continued on planning to stop for a walk. First we stopped at Boulder Bank on the outskirts of Nelson, managed to photo a few birds but didn't …
... wine with dark chocolate went down a treat. Well it didn't last too long after I got home.
We had a great farmhouse platter and we visited four wineries in total.
The Martinborough winery area is worthwhile taking a further look, yes I will have to suggest this to Mark for another time.
... drove to Rabbit Island where Allan, Roma and Paul all had a swim in the sea and I took pictures. We sunbathed for a while then headed off to another lovely place called Mapua., which has some art workshops and a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants. We spotted a very nice restaurant called "The Apple Shed" so we reserved a table for dinner later that day and went off in search of some vineyards.
The first one was closed, for a function, but we managed ...
... back to shore, but not before a pod of dusky dolphins get in on the act. We slow down a bit but are still going at a pace, but the dolphins effortlessly outpace us. They swim along by the side of the boat, under it and jumping up out of the water. It's quite a spectacle, there are loads of them, even those further away from the boat still jump up out of the water. Dolphins seem to have a lot of time to play. There's certainly worse creatures you could be born as.
... of wine production. But, here are 6 things I learnt that you may not know about commercial wine production:
1. It happens on a large scale.
This year’s vintage was a record breaking one for Marlborough Vintners. A total of 9000 tonnes of grapes were processed in just 6 weeks. Grapes arrive to the winery by the 10-tonne truckload. Each tonne of grapes yields around 750 litres of juice, depeding on the type of grape. There are over 150 ...