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Review of Highlight Wine Tours

Highlight Wine Tours
Ranked #2 of 39 Food & Drink in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

My friend and I had booked to go with highlight wine tours months before we were to go to Blenheim, as it was a must on our list to do while holidaying around South Island of Nz , Anyways the friendly lady on the end of phone just said call when we book in to our accommodation and they will pick us up from there. Wow I thought number one bonus. the day we had booked finally came Round, so excited we had booked the full tour. Colleen picked us up she was lovely right from the start the first winery we went to was Villa Maria ( my favourite wine) she told us exactly what was happening . Colleen was full of knowledge as to what was in the area, the different wineries , history just love listening to what was being said . The day went fast we were only a small group so it was nice to have Colleen join us for a beautiful lunch , on such a gorgeous day , Coleen tailored the tour around what she thought we would like , she couldn't have done any better great choices of wineries and to top it of she also took us to Makana confections, hand made chocolates and other temptations yum yum yum. Colleen also drop us back at our accomadation right to our camper door Thanks Colleen we had the best time . Highly recommend Highlights winery tours. Thanks again Colleen .

Visited May 2014
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Cork, Ireland
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“Amazing day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

One of my favourite days spent in New Zealand. Coleen was so much fun and so obliging. We had such a nice day going to wineries of our choice. We did the full day tour and it was the perfect amount of time. Would highly recommend this tour :-)

Visited May 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
“A super day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

We booked a half day tour with Highlights and it was a brilliant day out. There were five of us including a non wine drinker, I know why did he come on a wine tour?!, all with very different experiences in wine tasting. Coleen made sure that everyone tastes were catered for and varied the day according to our requests including a beer and cider stop. One of the party commented that she felt like she was in heaven and we all left the afternoon with smiles on our faces.
Overall a 5/5! Thank you Coleen! And yes we did do the bump, woo hoo!

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great people, great wineries!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

Thank you David for a fantastic tour back in April! You made it really enjoyable despite the horrible weather and we came back with some lovely wine. David sent out of his way to help us and picked us up and dropped us off to our Campervan in the middle of nowhere!

Visited March 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Agree it's great, but here's some helpful tips”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

We did the 1/2 day afternoon tour while in Blenheim, which was the perfect amount of guided vineyard visiting we were looking for, especially while staying at gorgeous St. Leonard's vineyards, as you never want to leave the grounds!

Some tips, as all of the reviews are generally the same in agreement that it's a great tour. In the shuttle van it is impossible to hear in the back row, so if you are very interested in the commentary offered while driving, you may want to ask to switch seats, or for the driver to speak up. I gave up due to tip #2 - which is, if you are prone to any squeamish backseat motion sickness, you may also want to request a seat that's not the back row. We took the brunt of the fast driving / not so great roads combination , which meant lots of bad bumps, almost hitting head, etc... due to being in the last row.

Lastly, given the very strict drunk driving regulations (as they should be!), you may want to consider if so possible with driver and schedule, hopping out near town if you are staying further out like we were. As the driver stopped downtown, we had pre-arranged to also get off here and walk to dinner at Raupo, then taxi back to St. Leonard's. Note that the vineyards don't usually have dinner options, and if you're not prepared to cook at your hotel, you may want to think this through before an afternoon of drinking leaves you hungry and unable to drive! Be sure to talk to the driver first, though, as he/she would need to know and make arrangements to give you any of your purchased wine as you disembark the shuttle.

One last tip - when you stop at the chocolate shop and they give out samples, for anyone like me that has a nut allergy, you shouldn't feel shy about asking to sample another more suitable kind of chocolate. I asked (emboldened by the wine :) and they were kind and very willing to oblige if you just share the allergy.

Enjoy!! :)

Visited February 2014
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