Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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The closest town to the Marlborough wine region, Renwick happened to be slap bang in the middle of the area and has little more than a few pubs, restaurants and one or two hotels, everything we needed. We stayed at a lovely backpackers called Watson's Way which was a short walk from the nearest wine farm. The ideal way to tour the wine farms was by bicycle which could be rented at the backpackers for a small fee
You might be thinking we rushed straight to Cloudy Bay and never left but I was a little apprehensive about going directly there and possible being disappointed so we decided a warm up was needed. We plotted a route through the wine region that would gradually allow us to work our way to Cloudy Bay. See, we do do some work. ;-)
We were presently surprised with the wines we tasted along the way and had some fantastic aromatic Rieslings, buttery Chardonnays and yummy Pinot Noir's. It seemed the region was good for more than just Sauvignon Blanc. By the time we reached Cloudy Bay we'd sampled some fine wines and were ready for the big gun!
The Cloudy Bay range of wines was larger than we had expected and even included a sparkling white, a Riesling and a Late Harvest. The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc was good but in some ways was not as good as the previous vintages we'd tasted
Wine tasting was not the only thing we got up to in Marlborough. We did manage to spend a full day sea kayaking through the Marlborough Sound which we both thoroughly enjoyed. We got to see stingrays and a host of sea birds up close and at the same time got a really good workout.
Next stop for us was the capital of New Zealand, Wellington and to get there we had to cross the notoriously rough Cook Straight by ferry, car and all. We'd heard many stories of some very rough crossing so where hoping for the best.