This vineyard was recommended to us when we were in Marlborough – it’s a little bit off the beaten path so we almost didn’t make it. That’s because the person who recommended it to us didn’t fully describe quite how impressive this place is. I don’t want to make the same mistakes. If you are interested in wine and its production, just go.
Firstly the wine is really very good. Even in a region where pretty much all the wine is excellent, this place is well worth a visit. If you are visiting from England, you might even have been drinking it – this place has produced some award winning own brand wines for many of the big supermarket chains. It won't be long before it is an established brand internationally in its own right.
Secondly the estate is really at the forefront of sustainable wine production. It has been carefully planned to maximise efficiency – from using solar panels to burning vine prunings to generate heat to reintroducing natural wetlands to the vineyards.
What brings this all to life is the excellent Cellar Door on site. A visit starts with a video about the vineyard. I know what you are thinking – urgh, we just want to taste wine (because I thought that) but it is absolutely worthwhile. The guy who established the vineyard is a real visionary and his approach to wine making was revolutionary in this region. His real hands on approach is extremely refreshing. The staff at the Cellar Door are passionate about wine and about Yealands and make for fascinating conversation during the tasting. Did I mention the wine was excellent?
It does look a little out of the way, but do visit. It’s right on the way back from Kaikoura.
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