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“Ok but could have been better”
Review of Sounds Connection

Sounds Connection
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Half-Day Wine Tour from Picton
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Full-Day Wine Tour from Picton
Ranked #1 of 2 Food & Drink in Picton
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Owner description: Fun-filled, flexible daily tours to the best of Marlborough's wineries! Your Sounds Connection guide will take you right to the heart of New Zealand's premier wine region in comfort, safety and style. Sample the best the wineries have to offer, and learn some of the secrets of fine wine appreciation. Tour options include: half-day wine tours, full-day wine tours, a gourmet wine experience tour, and private wine tours. Our daily tours offer you: * small relaxed group settings * the convenience of door-to-door pick up from accommodation in Picton or Blenheim * the expertise of our friendly local tour guides * a completely relaxed and friendly atmosphere * flexible itineraries to match your preferences and ensure you fully experience Marlborough's varied wine styles Discover the magic of Marlborough with Sounds Connection.
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We took a half day tour of some of Marlborough's wineries, which meant we visited 4 wineries. Two of them were good and two of them were a little weak.

Having said that, you need to decide what you want from a wine tour. Do you want great wines? or great educational tastings? The two do not always coincide.

The two wineries we thought had the best wines were Framinghams and Cloudy Bay. However, the information was not so good at these sites - especially CB, as they are just too busy. Framinghams also gave immensely tight measures - hardly a sip, of each wine.

The other two, Selaks and another I can't remember. The info was better, but the wines were average.

In hindsight, I wish we had have specified what wineries we wanted to go to.

The only other problem was that the driver, who I think was English, drove absurdly fast, which is uncomfortabel when you are being thrown around in the back of a van.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We completed the half day wine tour during our stay in Picton.

Don, our guide, was excellent. He collected us from our hotel and provided us with a friendly and informative guide throughout the tour, providing interesting insight as we moved between vineyards.

We visited four vineyards and the local chocolate factory - all of which were excellent. We had specifically requested to visit the Cloudy Bay vineyard in advance and this was included in our tour.

Overall a great trip out.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

My husband and I did the full day wine tour and absolutely loved it. We joined three other couples for the day-they pick you up at your hotel. Our driver for the day was Don and he was excellent. All of the wines he recommended while we travelled ended up being our favorites as well. He was friendly and accomodating. We loved the wineries he selected and the lunch stop was great. The wineries, wine, and scenery were fantastic. This was probably one of the favorite days we spent in New Zealand. Finally, the service was really over the top when my husband and I realized we'd left some olive oil on the bus. They brough it all the way back to our hotel for us! We were truly impressed and thankful. I would highly recommend this serivce if you are considering a wine tour in the Marlborough region.

1  Thank DLK26
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Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Booked the tour through Interislander Ferries and what a great food and wine experience it was. Annette was a fantastic guide and knowledgeable about the region. She has such a great personality and made it fun. Visited Cloudy Bay cellar door, had a 5 star lunch at Hans Herzog (highly recommend!!) and had a brief tour of the winery. Then off to Wither Hills - we were taken to the cellar and got to blend our own sauvignon blanc! I thought my all time best winery visit was the cellar barrel tasting at Beringer in Napa Valley - but this experience at Wither Hills, guided by the knowledgeable and enthusiastic Denise has now taken the top spot. The cellar beautifully set up and what a treat to be surrounded by all the barrels.
Denise loves what she does and it shows. We learned a lot about the art of blending grapes and the regions where they are grown.
Overall, a great experience and well worth it!

1  Thank Foodemoiselle
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

This was a terrific tour. Sarah our guide and driver made us feel welcome from the moment she picked us up. We had tastings at several wineries. Accommodation was made by Sarah in terms of which wineries we visited and when, so we did not become part of a large group coming from other tours. She also asked if anyone had any specific wineries they wished to visit.

The tour was over three hours and great fun and great value for the money. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

1  Thank Cyndy77
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