Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Little Marlborough Wine Tours different from the other tour companies?
We are Marlborough’s newest wine tour. We want to be the best.
We offer a UNIQUE opportunity: We are experts in the wine industry, your tour guide is a finalist in 2017 Cellar Door host of the year. Dennise knows the staff at other Cellar Doors and can work with them to give you the best Cellar Door experience!
Dennise will stay with you at each Cellar Door, talking to the staff at the Cellar Door, to let them know what wines they have which could suit your palate. After all this is why you should come with us, Dennise can take the hassle out of the day, whether it’s driving and tasting, or unsure of the vast array of wines on offer for tasting. Let’s make it a fun, relaxing day out.
How long is a Little Marlborough Wine Tour?
It’s your choice.
A full day tour runs for approximately 6 hours.
We pick you up from your accommodation at approx 10:00am in Blenheim and return you by around 4:00pm. For Picton, pick up is 9:30am/10:00am, whatever time suits you best, and return you around 4:00pm also.
Please note: There is NO additional charge for Picton collections/returns.
Is Little Marlborough Wine Tours flexible?
Yes. Our tour is flexible, and can also include:
• Lunch at a winery restaurant
• A walk through the best native forest
• A walk along the Cloudy Bay Beach with views across to the North Island
• Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory
• Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - memorabilia from WW1 & WW2
We do our best to work in with your travel plans. Just email or call to discuss your options.
Can Little Marlborough Wine Tours cater for cruise ships arriving in Picton?
Yes. We can arrange a tour that works around your ship’s schedule. There is no extra charge for Picton pick up.
Can we bring the Kids?
Yes, if they are part of your group. Then we’ll add in some fun age related extras they might like to do. Contact us to discuss further.
Do we need to have an understanding of wine to enjoy the tour?
No. We educate your mind and palate while we drive around the winery cellar doors. This tour will leave you satisfied whether you know everything, something or nothing about wine.
How many wines will we sample?
This depends on your group. There are over 40 cellar doors , and we usually have time to visit 4-5 wineries (full day option). You can sample 25-30 wines (that’s enough to make you feel completely satisfied at the end of your day).
Can we request a specific winery?
Yes of course! This is why you are with Little Marlborough Wine Tours - it’s all about where you want to go and taste. Let us make it happen for you.
Can we request a specific winery for lunch?
Yes of course, it’s your day in Marlborough! Naturally we know the best spots to eat, so you can trust us to book you somewhere perfect if you're unsure where you'd like to go! Be sure to make your requests at the time of booking so we can reserve a table.
What do we need to bring on the tour?
Please wear/bring with you appropriate closed shoes (ideally no heels) for our winery cellar visit. Also you’ll want to bring a camera, water bottle and your wallet.
Are there any extra costs?
Price includes all Wine Tasting fees and collection from your accommodation (in Blenheim, Picton and Renwick areas). You pay the cost of your own lunch (unless you've upgraded to our gourmet tour), and any wine purchased on the day.
How do we get our wine back home?
Different wineries have different options but no doubt, we can help you out. Please ask us.
How do we pay?
We accept payment via our booking page (credit or debit card), or we accept direct bank transfer - please contact us for more details.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand your travel plans may change. If the situation arises that you need to cancel your tour with us, we appreciate a minimum of 24 hours notice. We will do our best to accommodate you, and can reschedule your tour for another day that suits you better.
If I drink too much can I sleep in your vehicle?
No. Drink in moderation for a more awesome day!
Is Little Marlborough Wine Tours the best tour company for me?
That depends how much you appreciate the best things in life?! You see… we are right for you!
Anything left unanswered?
We like answering questions. Drop us a line or call us.