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Cloudy Bay
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$164.65*
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Half-Day Wairau Lagoon Tour from Blenheim
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Rapaura
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This winery's sauvignon blanc brought international attention to New Zealand's wine region.
Reviewed December 26, 2012

We had a very poor experience at Cloudy Bay. Having previously visited a number of wineries in South Africa and Australia, this was the worst. We were ignored from the moment we walked in, we waited 10 minutes and without any recognition, we decided to just walk out. Very disappointing for a place that is meant to be iconic!

1  Thank BrissyJ
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NZ_CloudyBay, Manager at Cloudy Bay, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2013

Very disappointing to read your review, our sincere apologies. We have worked very hard to create a welcoming and fun environment at our cellar door, including the expansion of our cellar door tasting area and outdoor wine lounge. These initiatives were designed to enable us to better look after our large number of visitors. Our typically solid reviews support our efforts... but we best look at additional ways to look after our guests during the extra busy Christmas/Summer season. Many thanks for taking the time to write this review.

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

One of my favourite Kiwi wines, easy to get to while staying in Blenheim and a bigger choice of wines than I can get in the bottle shops at home

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Our party of 4 chose to start our day in Marlborough at the iconic Cloudy Bay. Car park was empty (due to off-season) so we were fortunate to have the exclusive attention of our cellar door host Nicky. She was extremely knowledgeable about the wines & whole area - a mine of information. We could appreciate how inviting the expansive outdoor space would be if we'd decided to come with our own picnic or hamper, as the venue allows. A great option for next time! Flexible tasting options, food available to purchase if required, good retail/souvenir opportunities & a great setting - for us this was the perfect start to our day.

Thank LyndalMc
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Visited Cloudy Bay on Good Friday when all of New Zealand was shut!! We wandered round the gardens which are beautiful. We called back the next day when it was open and couldn't fault anything- they had been very busy and we called late on in the day and they'd almost run out of bread for the cheese platter so they on our suggestion made up a platter on what they had left and it was brilliant. Honeycomb with cheese was a first for us. The staff were very knowledgeable about all the wines and having visited quite a few wineries this was one of the best.

1  Thank Alex S
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Cloudy Bay is a lovely winery in a beautiful garden setting, the grounds are well maintained perfect for a picnic on the lawn with the mountain backdrop and both adult and child friendly. The wine tasting will cost you and you can buy bottles of wine here and BYO picnic or sample simple meals from their menu.
The cellar door is a lovely building well worth a visit if you are in the area.

1  Thank lindakthomas
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