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Address: 94 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 8843
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Description: Fun-filled, flexible daily tours to the best of Marlborough's...
Fun-filled, flexible daily tours to the best of Marlborough's wineries! Your Sounds Connection guide will take you right to the heart of New Zealand's premier wine region in comfort, safety and style. Sample the best the wineries have to offer, and learn some of the secrets of fine wine appreciation. Tour options include: half-day wine tours, full-day wine tours, a gourmet wine experience tour, and private wine tours. Our daily tours offer you: * small relaxed group settings * the convenience of door-to-door pick up from accommodation in Picton or Blenheim * the expertise of our friendly local tour guides * a completely relaxed and friendly atmosphere * flexible itineraries to match your preferences and ensure you fully experience Marlborough's varied wine styles Discover the magic of Marlborough with Sounds Connection.
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All Day Wine Tour!!

A whizz around six vineyards with our delightful and hilarious German guide and driver Annette. Involved in the wine business in Europe, she had soaked up all there was to know... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
50 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

A whizz around six vineyards with our delightful and hilarious German guide and driver Annette. Involved in the wine business in Europe, she had soaked up all there was to know about wine making in Blenheim. We should have visited seven vineyards, but we were enjoying lunch too much!! Some good company and wine aficionados from around the world. The... More 

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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

For wine buffs the half day wine tour gives plenty of time for them to sample (and enjoy) the wines of at least five differing wineries close to Blenheim We were picked up and returned to our motel by a very friendly and knowledgeable tour driver/guide. A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My wife and I had a really enjoyable wine tour just a few days ago. Every winery we visited welcomed us and gave all the people on our bus a personalised wine tasting. The driver tour guide Frank was superb. He enthusiastically told us of all the points of interest on the tour and got all the passengers to become... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We had a great day with Don from Sounds Connections on a full day winery tour around the Marlborough Region, his knowledge and snippets about the region without being 'lecture style' was well balanced .... The wineries were well spaced and generous with their time and tastings, the settings beautiful. Lunch was at Allan Scotts winery where you could eat... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections, responded to this review

Dear Lis H, Thank you for choosing a full-day wine tour with Sounds Connection, and for taking the time to post your fantastic feedback. Don and all the staff really appreciate your comments as you’ve summed up the experience we’re always aiming for – a relaxed, informative and memorable day with delicious food and wonderful wineries. Great to hear you... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We took the half day wine tour, which took in four or five wineries. Around a 20 minute drive from Picton to the first winery, then no more than 10-15 mins between each, with lots of interesting information about the region and the wineries. The first place we visited was apparently part of a large wine producing conglomerate, which I... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections, responded to this review

Dear davidrbull, Thank you very much for posting feedback on your tour with Sounds Connection and we’re pleased to hear you enjoyed the half day tour. We do try to include a variety of different wineries on our schedule, from the large to the small independents, as some people like to visit labels they recognise and it can be interesting... More 

Westcott, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We joined a half day tour around the Marlborough wine region and were picked from our hotel in Picton by our freindly and informative guide/driver. We had a good selection of wines from small and large vineyards and some of us took a diversion to a wonderful brewery. To finish off we stopped at a chocolate manufacturer to sample some... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections, responded to this review

Thank you very much, Mark A for joining Sounds Connection for a half day tour. Alongside the many famous wineries, Marlborough has a fascinating growing craft beer industry, which we’re always happy to include in our tours when possible. And the hand-made chocolates from Makana Confections are hard to beat at the end of a day’s tasting! It’s great to... More 

Faulconbridge, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We had a great time doing this in New Zealand. Our guide (i think his name was Sam but i cant remember sorry) was very informative and willing to answer questions. Lunch was very nice! I learnt alot about the regions and wines. Do this if you're in Marlborough area! Thanks for the great day!

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections, responded to this review

Dear Em W, Thanks so much for recommending our Sounds Connection wine tours. We really appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback and great to hear you enjoyed your full day wine tour with Sam. Our guides know the Marlborough wine region inside out and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with customers so we’re pleased you learnt... More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

There are many wine tour operators to choose from but we selected Sounds Connections on the advice of our B&B hostess. They were great - A+ service all the way from picking us up & dropping off at our B&B, to our friendly & knowledgeable driver to the manager who ordered a birthday brownie with candles for my boyfriends New... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections, responded to this review

Thank you very much, Doghouzz for taking the time to post your very kind review! We’re pleased you enjoyed your wine tour with us and all the staff appreciate hearing your feedback, particularly your guide. Twelve Trees Restaurant at the Allan Scott winery is a perennial favourite. We always try our best to tailor our tours to suit our customers... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Had a family holiday in Picton and we went on a Sounds Connection Fishing Charter on the boat Tory with Skipper Mark. I booked us in for the 5 hour trip as I was told the 3 hour trip wouldn't allow enough time to dredge for scallops and this was our main focus. All was good when we arrived on... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections, responded to this review

Dear Sam. I’m really sorry to hear you were disappointed with your fishing experience, particularly regarding the issue of filleting and shucking your catch. By law we are not allowed to fillet blue cod or open scallops at sea unless they are eaten immediately – so our hands are tied in this regard. Because of this legal restriction I have... More 

Picton, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

While our adult children and their partners were all together for the holiday season from their various bases around the world we went on a days fishing trip with Mark Baxter from Sounds Connection. What a day! This was one of the best days we have ever had as a family. The Marlborough Sounds are one of New Zealand's best... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections, responded to this review

Bernadette S – we really appreciate your kind review. Fishing is a brilliant family activity for all ages and we’ve had years of experience (over 20!) helping people get the best out of their fishing in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Thanks so much for joining us and for taking the time to tell us how much your family enjoyed the... More 

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