We chose the driving tour and had the car and guide all to ourselves as a couple. I have been in the wine business in the US and South Africa and visited spectacular wineries around the world. Marlborough is quite special and an absolute must-do if you're interested in wine. The place is beautiful, the wineries all at the leading edge of viticulture and wine-making, and their wines are of superb quality and surprisingly varied.
Our day would not have been as enjoyable and interesting as it was, however, without our Explore Marlborough guide. Norm Wilson, a retired local businessman, knew the wineries and their owners, chose tasting visits to give us great insights into a cross-section on wineries, knew his wines and was generally great company and informative about everything New Zealand!