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“Wonderful private wine tasting tour”

Highlight Wine Tours
Ranked #2 of 40 Food & Drink in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
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17 reviews
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“Wonderful private wine tasting tour”
Reviewed 12 November 2016

There are many wine tours to choose from in the Marlborough region so reviews were important to me when I started the search. We knew we wanted a private tour as we were flying into Blenheim from Wellington in the morning and returning on the ferry in evening -- we wanted to maximize our time at the wineries.

After emailing several companies requesting information we settled on Highlights for a couple of reasons; the reviews were very good, the prices, while not inexpensive, were reasonable, and we had our choice of motor vehicles in which we would be transported from one 'cellar door' to the next. In addition the owners were very accommodating regarding picking us up at the airport in the morning and dropping us at the ferry in the late afternoon.

We could not have chosen better - Colleen, our guide, was an absolute blast - we enjoyed her company as much as the wines we sampled! Given all the arrangements I had made for our trip to NZ, I had forgotten that Colleen requested I choose between a couple of restaurants for lunch. It wasn't until the night before our tour when I re-read her email :-(. But I emailed her with the restaurant we selected and she was able to pull off a reservation (which we later found was probably not easy - the restaurant - Rock Quarry - served us the best meal we had while in New Zealand and they were fully booked).

Unfortunately our flight arrived 90 minutes late so we got a later start to the day than we would have liked. But Colleen was waiting for us at the airport nonetheless and we stopped at a local diner to grab a quick breakfast before heading out on the tour. Colleen presented some options for us (regarding the type of wineries we would visit) and allowed us to provide feedback on her suggestions.

Including the Rock Quarry winery (where we had a long, leisurely lunch in combination with a wine tasting) we visited six wineries in about seven hours They were all small, boutique and family owned, which is what we had requested. We so enjoyed the wines, the "Managers on Duty" at each 'cellar door' (we just call them wineries in the States:-) and Colleen.

Five Stars for Highlights!

Visited November 2016
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“Wine tasting tour”
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We had a wine tasting and lunch tour with Dave driving around. We had a total of 6 people which was a good size group to be able to talk with as we travelled and compared notes on the wines. A lovely lunch (separate individual cost) at Wairao River Estate. Could have gone with less wineries as a bit sloshed by the end, but that may just be personal preference.

Visited November 2016
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“A great time had with Colleen”
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had a real giggle on our wine tour on Sunday. Colleen was great company from the moment she picked us up. she read the tone amongst the group well and provided the right balance between sharing knowledge and fun. We never felt rushed but also did loads in the day. My first wine tour but the other girls thought this one was great value compared to the one they did on Waiheke Island. Would recommend.

Visited October 2016
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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 reviews
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“Absolutely Fantastic!”
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We had a half day tour with Dave and were lucky enough to be able to travel around the beautiful Marlborough wineries in his new VW. Dave was awesome, so knowledgeable and patient, everything you want a wine tour guide to be. We had an incredible day, thank you.

Visited November 2016
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Brilliant Idea!”
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We scheduled a 6-7 hour layover in Blenheim. Just the perfect amount of time to take a wine tour. Colleen picked us up from the airport, cleverly negotiated with the airport staff to store our luggage for free while on our trip, and made sure each of us got to go to the wineries that we wanted. She of course was never lacking for brilliant ideas either. Every place we went to was a winner. Cloudy Bay, Frammingham, Waitaru, Villa Maria...all winners! Due to the time of year we traveled (late september), Dog Point and Greywacke were closed:( Would highly recommend this tour to any one. And here is the kicker, Colleen even rocked our little boy to sleep so we could keep drinking. Haha, what a treat!

Visited September 2016
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