We crossed over to the South Island on a Ferry from Wellington and made our way to Blenheim. Blenheim is located in the Marlborough region, an area known for its wines in New Zealand (specifically Sauvignon Blanc).
Before getting the job with Alycia, we were planning on settling down in the town to do winery stuff. While visiting the town, we fell in love. It actually reminded us a lot of Ithaca with its diverse population and eclectic feel.
The first night we stayed in an AirBnb with a really nice woman who pointed us in the right direction for food and wineries. Both Luca and I have been enjoying AirBnb a lot. We have met some really incredible locals who have recommended great experiences for us.
The next day we visited a bunch of wineries that were recommended to us. The highlights were the Cloudy Bay Savignon Blanc 2015, which was acidic but balanced. We had a great time playing on their swings.
The Pinot Gris from Hans Herzog, which had a dark color and honey finish. The winery itself had a “secret garden,” that was beautiful and elegant.
And the Sauvignon Blanc from Rock Ferry winery, an all organic winery. They had a couple of Sauvignon Blanc options, including a subtly oaked Sauvignon Blanc that I really enjoyed. We ended up having a light and delicious lunch at this winery.
That evening we stayed at another AirBnb that was situated on a family’s small vineyard. We enjoyed roaming around the vineyards in the evening, sipping wine we bought from our wine tour, and taking photos.