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“If you are interested in wine and its production, just go.”

Yealands Estate Winery
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Seddon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: When Peter Yealands first discovered a little-known, but spectacular, corner of Marlborough, an incredible story began to unfold. By 08.08.08, through a bold vision and a capacity for sheer hard work that few could comprehend, Peter was standing alongside his world-leading carboNZeroCertTM Yealands Estate winery with his sights firmly set upon becoming the world's most sustainable wine producer. Combining the very latest cutting-edge green technology and highly innovative thinking, the Yealands name quickly became synonymous with a passion for crafting ultra-premium wines in the most environmentally-friendly manner. Our cosy and intimate Cellar Door provides a relaxing hideaway where you can discover the Yealands Estate story and try our quality portfolio of wines whilst relaxing in unhurried comfort. Recently awarded the International Winner for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices, our Cellar Door demonstrates our world leadership in sustainable wine production. Join us for a complimentary tasting of our wines and take in the picturesque views across the vineyard and Cook Strait on our self-guided vineyard tour.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“If you are interested in wine and its production, just go.”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

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.

Visited July 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Impressive Carbon Neutral”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Sustainable environmentally practices and the Worlds Best Sav

Visited July 2012
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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“So unusual a vision and brilliantly executed...loved it!”
Reviewed November 23, 2011

We went to Yealands at the suggestion of Dave from Highlight Wine Tours during our day tour as we made our way around the northern South Island during the Rugby World Cup. Yealand's is outside of the main Marlborough winery cluster...and it's worth the trip. The whole place screams of a different approach to wine making and care of the land. The celler is an amazing design and a great place to taste wine. The back room tour was really interesting - you need to call ahead and book this as it makes the trip out extra special. We liked many of the wines...but the Pete's Shed Tempranillo will be forever in our memories and, hopefully, be able to be restocked in our wine cabinet when we finish the first 6 bottles.

Visited October 2011
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