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Sounds Connections Wine Tours

Address: 94 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 8843
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Ranked #6 of 23 Activities in Picton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Fun-filled, flexible daily tours to the best of Marlborough's wineries! Your Sounds Connection...
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Owner description: 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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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My mum and I spent a full day with Rod in a wine tour. I had a request to see some if the smaller cellar doors in the area and a particular request to see Clos Henri. They didn't usually visit this cellar door, but after a phone call they arranged to visit. The flexibility was fantastic ad we ended... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Myself and my mother visiting from Brazil visited the Marlborough region with my two daughters. While we were there we did a private wine with Sam from Sounds Connections. We were picked up from our accommodation and Sam explained about the area on the way to the Cellar Doors. We told Sam what we liked and he chose wineries that... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Conveniently we were picked up in Picton and from the beginning Sam was a knowledgable guide. Throughout the day he gave us history into the towns and region as well as additional information on the wines and wineries. The selection of wineries were diverse and all of which were friendly and welcoming to our relatively large group (14 people). The... More 

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Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Maria took us around Blenheim vineyards. She picked out vineyards that weren't too crowded and more unique. We tasted some great wines. Maria also included some other activities including chocolate factory, real estate viewing as we all had a passion for real estate. We had many laughs and Maria had extremely good local knowledge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Friendly Frank looked after us very well. Great knowledge on the area and took us to 4 fabulous wineries. Learnt lots about different wines and enjoyed tasting hmmmm 😋 Frank dropped us back to the ferry terminal in plenty of time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My wife and I joined a half-day wine tour of the Marlborough region with Sounds connections on a Sunday in late December, paying 69 NZD (54 USD/44 Euro) per person for the tour. The cost of all tastings was included. Our tour was on one of the Sounds Connections mini-buses, with a total of 7 guests on the tour, including... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections Wine Tours, responded to this review

Drjandthemissus – thank you very much for joining us on one of our half-day wine tours and for posting your review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed your time with us as you’re clearly both wine tour experts! At Sounds Connection we do indeed offer a variety of tours to suit everyone’s tastes and requirements. If you and your wife... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Visited two famous wineries in the morning (Wither Hills and Cloudy Bay) and good tastings. Then lunch at Hans Hertog fine dining Brasserie A further two tastings in the afternoon culminating with a visit to a Handmade Chocolate factory. A brilliant day and a very good guide to help us through the day Definately worth putting this trip on your... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections Wine Tours, responded to this review

Thanks very much, Allan W for your kind review and recommendation. We’re so glad you enjoyed your full-day tour with us. Our guides have heaps of experience and know the region and the wineries really well. Hans Herzog is a lovely gourmet lunch spot and Makana’s handmade goodies are out of this world – a great way to end the... More 

San Francisco, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We did not do a regular tour with them. We booked a private tour since I wanted to visit small wineries with little or no representation in the US. First, let me say that dealing with the office staff (Sarah and Kylie) was a real treat. They responded to all emails in a timely fashion and gave all necessary information.... More 

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections Wine Tours, responded to this review

CookGirl-CA, thank you so much for your extremely kind review of your private tour with Sounds Connection, and for your great recommendation. You have made everybody’s day here. The wonderful Sarah and Kylie were delighted to hear your praises. John was your guide for the day and he is very knowledgeable and has loads of experience in the Marlborough wine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great full day tour with Sam! We visited 7 wineries with a lovely lunch on the patio of Alan Scott. Sam was very friendly and knowledgeable, and I was very appreciative he changed the itinerary in the middle of the day to work in my love of Kim Crawford! He even stopped at the chocolate factory! All around perfect day!

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sar1pic, Owner at Sounds Connections Wine Tours, responded to this review

Lovely to hear from you, AmericanMegs. Sam is delighted to have another happy customer! We always try our best to tailor the tours to our clients’ tastes so that everyone gets the most out of their day in Marlborough wine country – we’re thrilled to hear it worked so well for you. The restaurant at the Allan Scott winery is... More 

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