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Half-Day Wine Tour from Blenheim provided by Sounds Connection

Half-Day Wine Tour from Blenheim

Half-Day Wine Tour from Blenheim
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92% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
20
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    20
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese, French
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Wine tasting
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Airports:
  • Blenheim Airport, Blenheim New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Wine tasting
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Airports:
  • Blenheim Airport, Blenheim New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.5
13 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Terrible
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Sue E
Yukon, Canada163 contributions
We really enjoyed learning about not only the vineyards but our tour mates as well. The bus was very comfortable and our guide had an encyclopedic knowledge of local horticulture. We were given the best tables and most extensive wine tastings at each of our stops. Pays to have a local legend for a guide. Good wine and great fun.
Written February 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear 880suee, What a fantastic review - thanks very much for your feedback. Great to hear how much you enjoyed your knowledgeable guide and the company of your travel companions as well as the wines and wineries! Thanks so much for choosing us for your Marlborough wine tour, The Sounds Connection team
Written February 25, 2020
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KarenS
2 contributions
Oct 2021
Was great being picked up and dropped off at our motel door. Our driver was relaxed, informative and good value. We didn't have to do anything but enjoy the experience. The 4 wineries we went to gave a good variety of wines. It was just the right amount of time. This was our first ever wine tour and it was very enjoyable.
Written October 16, 2021
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SoundsConnectionTeam
Thank you for lovely review. We certainly love our region as do our guides. We are spoilt by the quality and variety of wines produced in Marlborough. We look forward to seeing you for your next experience.
Written October 17, 2021
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Mikey H
Lichfield, UK87 contributions
Booked through Viator, this Sounds Connection trip was efficient, nicely driven and competed by Sam and filled just enough information to keep a rowdy tour bus happy as we sampled wines from four different wineries. A good afternoon was had by all.
Written February 18, 2020
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Dear mikeyh2014, Great to hear how much you enjoyed your Half Day Wine Tour with Sounds Connection. Thanks very much for posting your feedback about your efficient and informative tour through the lovely Marlborough wineries. Much appreciated. With thanks, The Sounds Connection team
Written February 25, 2020
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Ian S
Luton, UK250 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Booked a Half day tour and had a great experience Sam the driver was great tasted plenty of wines and visited the chocolate shop. Can highly recommend.
Written April 10, 2019
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Dear Ian S, Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your Half Day Tour with Sam, enjoying both the wines and the chocolate! Thanks too for the recommendation, The Sounds Connection team
Written April 15, 2019
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Jessica P
Chicago, IL72 contributions
The night before we were going to take the ferry from Wellington to Picton we panicked. We realized that the whole point of heading to Picton immediately followed by going to Blenheim was to visit the wineries.

Had we picked and booked a tour? No. Did we realize that there is no taxi service in Picton to get to Blenheim? No.

I quickly found through a search Sounds Connection and upon perusing their website it mentioned how flexible they are and especially with regard to pick ups and drop offs. I late night sent an email to see if we’d be able to book the half day tour.

I was ecstatic when I received a reply the next morning that they had an opening for 2. They also picked us up directly from the ferry in Picton, accommodated our luggage we had with us, then drove us to Blenheim where we had a fantastic tour of 4 wineries then delivered us straight to our hotel in Blenheim.

They basically saved us from not being prepared and we had a great time. Don was our guide and was knowledgeable and also took us for a surprise stop to a chocolate shop which was AMAZING. Would highly recommend!
Written January 17, 2019
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Dear U7991SZjessicap, What a lovely review - thank you very much. We are definitely all about flexibility at Sounds Connection. We know that everyone has different requirements and we want you all to have a fantastic time in Marlborough, so tailoring tours and pick-ups to each visitor's needs is key to our tours. We're very happy to hear how much you enjoyed the choice of wineries, the boutique chocolate shop and Don's knowledgeable guiding. Thanks for posting your feedback and for the recommendation. Enjoy your travels. The Sounds Connection team
Written January 29, 2019
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Ken M
32 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We arrived on the South Island via Interislander Ferry in heavy rains. Got throughly soaked while finding our rental car. Not a good start to our visit to Blenheim. But T 1:30pm Sam picked us up at our hotel in his van. There were a total of seven people in our van. Sam was a fun guy with a wealth of knowledge on the region and winemaking. He took us to four very nice wineries and a boutique chocolate shop and had us back to our hotel before 6pm. Sam turned a dreary day into one we will remember long after our vacation is over. Great wines, great service, and great fun. My recommendation is to not spend all your money at the wineries....you are definitely going to be spending some on the chocolate. Everyone on our tour bought chocolates!
Written November 27, 2018
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Dear Ken M, Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your Half Day Wine Tour with Sounds Connection in Marlborough. We're delighted we could turn a dreary day into one you will remember for a long time! That's so good to hear. Thanks on behalf of Sam too. Glad you enjoyed the wonderful wines, great service, delicious chocolate and Sam's knowledgeable guiding. We appreciate you taking time to post your great feedback. The Sounds Connection team
Written December 4, 2018
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B B
Solomons, MD13 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We had a great day touring the Marlborough wine country. David was our very knowledgeable and fun guide. We went to four different wineries and afterward visited a chocolate store. I have to chuckle because it was a van full of people and at first everyone was rather quiet, but after about the third winery, people were engaging with one another, laughing, and having a great time (no doubt the effects of the wine). By the time we were heading to the fourth winery and the chocolate place, I'm afraid it was like herding cats for David (LOL), but he did a good job. This day will go down as one of my favorite memories of my visit to New Zealand. Thank you, David, for making it a memorable day!
Written February 17, 2018
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Dear B B, Thank you so much for your lovely review of your half day wine tour with Sounds Connection. David and the team are honoured the tour counts among your favourite memories of your trip to New Zealand! We enjoy seeing travellers make friends with others on these group tours around beautiful Marlborough, and yes, the wine is certainly conducive to that. We really appreciate you posting this wonderful feedback, The Sounds Connection team
Written February 19, 2018
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kenbpfell
York, UK289 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
To say that I could have organised a better tour in Yorkshire says it all. There are no wineries in Yorkshire.
All we heard from the driver was that someone on the bus was assessing her performance. If true she will be looking for a job.
She seemed to think it funny when she drove the bus with no hands and told us it was amusing.
We all thought that were visiting 4 wineries. In fact we did 3 plius a brewery.
The driver told us that it was the first time that the company had visited. It was called Jacksons. The presenter was truly terrible, All she told us was "this is a pinot noir" etc. The few questions she was asked she could not answer. We might as well have poured the tastings ourselves. She cant have said 50 words the whole time we were there. If it was the first time surely someone from Sound Connections would have made sure what was expected.
The driver got lost going to the second, Grove Mill, although when we got there I have my suspicions that this was deliberate as another trip from Sound Connections with passengers from a cruise ship were already ensconced. We have to wait 10 mins or so. If we had not got lost we would probably have arrived more or less the same time. The presenter here was every bit as brilliant as the first one was useless. Informative, funny, answered questions well. 10 out of 10.
The third winery, Framlingham, was said to be organic by the driver. When we arrived the other Sound Connections bus was already there. We were despatched to a manky (nasty) dungeon for our tastings. It had not been cleared up from the poor sods who preceded us. The cruise bunch were upstairs. The presenter was marginally better than the first but rushed everything. Not sure if it was her or at the instructions of Sound Connections.
We never got to the fourth winery. We were taken to Moa brewery. We were not expected. I booked this trip months ago so how come no one expected us. The host was brilliant but under of Sound Connections driver we were force fed 5 tastings in about 15 mins.
It was clear to a number on the tour that Sound Connections provide 2 levels of service. Cruise level and pleb level.
Why when 67 (Sound Connections provided this number) wineries have open cellars did two buses follow each other?
This was a waste of money and if Sound Connections had any scruples they would give all passengers their money back.
Written February 10, 2018
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Dear kenbpfell, We are extremely sorry to hear about your experience with us and can only apologise that the trip didn’t live up to expectations. You were visiting on one of the busiest days of the year in the Marlborough wineries – the day before the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, which draws thousands of visitors to the region. We did have crew tour from a cruise ship happening at the same time but we can assure you they were treated exactly the same as your group. Unfortunately it was the sheer number of general public arriving at the wineries which put our tour behind time. Again, we can only apologise for that. Given we were running behind schedule and wineries won’t allow tastings after 4pm we opted for Moa, which others in your group told us they loved. They in fact tipped the guide. It’s a shame you didn’t like the Framingham ‘Underground’ wine cellar – it’s a very popular venue, but we agree that the first venue was not up to our usual standard. Our guides are extremely professional but we take your concerns seriously and are following up. We always strive to maintain our standards and keep our tours to schedule no matter how busy the wineries are so we thank you for your feedback. The Sounds Connection team
Written February 12, 2018
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Karen T
2 contributions
Jan 2020
We did this tour with our adult daughter. We particularly enjoyed the Hunter Wines. All the wineries gave a good taste and some gave us 6 tastings! A few more snacks might have been helpful.
Written February 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear karentI5194ZI, Thanks very much for taking time to post your feedback. We're so pleased to hear how much fun your family had on your wine tour with us. The Marlborough wineries are particularly generous and really look after their visitors. We always recommend a good lunch before joining us for a wine tour! Thanks again for choosing us and for your great review, The Sounds Connection team
Written February 25, 2020
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Escape39307260451
7 contributions
Had an amazing 1/2 day tour with Sam. Very informative and fun. Highly recommend. Loved the chocolate place at the end was a nice way to end an epic day.
Written December 12, 2019
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Dear Escape39307260451, What a lovely review - thanks very much. We loved reading how much you enjoyed your "epic" wine tour with Sam. Thanks for the recommendation and the gorgeous photos. We appreciate you taking time to post your great feedback. With thanks, The Sounds Connection team
Written December 19, 2019
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Great afternoon fun
Enjoyable afternoon spent visiting vineyards. Such knowledgeable staff and very generous pours! Must do when in Mar
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Excellent Full Day Wine Tour
Brilliant day touring the vineyards. Sam was very knowledgeable regarding the area and wines. In all the years of c
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Wine, sun, knowledgeable guide & chocolate = great afternoon!
Fantastic afternoon with Frank, easy pick up from Picton and great winery experiences & chocolate shop stop. Frank
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Awesome Fishing Trip
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Awesome afternoon
Great afternoon with Sounds Connection. It was so sad to learn that the majority of cellar doors and restaurants w
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We went on their Winter Warmer Wine Tour the first week it launched. Our guide Maria was very friendly and had lots
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Excellent wine tasting and accommodating tour guide
We had a wonderful half day wine tasting in the Marlborough wine region with Frank. There were 7 of us total and we
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Frank, our driver, was a wonderful tour guide as well as a good driver. Well worth doing just to help decide which
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Excellent
Had a great day and enjoyed trying all the different wines and seeing the pretty vineyards. Peter our guide was sup
RichardB6562
RichardB6562
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What's not to like?!
There were 10 of us in the minibus from 4 different countries. Our driver was Sam and he picked us up bang on time.
rover_g
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Great tour with Sound Connection!
I booked the half day wine tour on Tripadvisor. Gabby emailed me prompty to reconfirm the tour which was great! T
Intron0101
Intron0101
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Great half day wine tour
A great half day tour. Good communication for pick up at late notice. Visited 5 vineyards in 4 hours! Would recomme
Sarah5368
Sarah5368
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Great wine tasting tour!
This is a full day with great service, You are picked up from your Picton accomodation and driven to the vineyards
itchy242
itchy242
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Informative, enjoyable tour of the winemaking region
Sam was a superb tour guide, we got a great overview of the region on the drive to Blenheim. His knowledge/appreci
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