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“Just lovely”

Forrest Wines Cellar Door
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Renwick
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Owner description: Our Marlborough winery and tasting room are nestled in amongst our vineyards in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country just outside of the town of Renwick.At the entrance to Forrest wines stands a prominent stone wall built of the very stones that come from the surrounding area of the Wairau Valley. Beyond the wall the drive way winds through our oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, over the small stone bridge and into a beautiful park setting, with willow trees and a duck pond, picnic tables, badminton, tennis and patenque.The atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly, with toys for children of all ages. You may even catch a glimpse of Frankie the family Border Collie, she is so welcoming. The tasting room has a casual kiwi feel with couches, bean bags and outdoor furniture. A large variety of wines is on offer, a chance to taste a couple of your favourites or be adventurous and try a tasting tray with your choice of six wines. We pride ourselves on providing informative discussions about our wines, winemaking and our region. A selection of picnic nibbles is available for light lunches with cheeses, antipasto, smoked mussels and more. Please ask the cellar door staff.Wine tours of the vineyard and winery are available by appointment.Open 7 days 10am-4.30pm2011 Holidays - Closed on these dates below: New Year's Day 1st JanuaryGood Friday 22nd AprilMarlborough Anniversary Day 31st OctoberChristmas Day 25th DecemberBoxing Day 26th DecemberMarlborough has one of the world’s greatest wine trails: fabulous wine, breathtaking scenery, a warm climate and relaxed people clustered in one small grape growing region (approximately 14 x 7 kilometres). More than fifty wineries offer a variety of wine, food and entertainment. You can either drive, take a guided bus tour, or hire a bicycle and pedal your way around the vineyards via the Marlborough Cycle Network Renwick Route.
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Just lovely”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We were two adults and a baby looking for a platter lunch and a couple of glasses of wine. We were really impressed that they had a toy box for children and a selection of very tasty morsels we could choose from to make up a picnic with our wines. Friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere and lovely platter and wine - what more could we want! If you are after flash food and views don't come here, but for a little something different we were happy we came

Visited January 2014
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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
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“Great wine, but views were lacking”
Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

This is a nice place. The people were moderately friendly, but the wine and atmosphere were top notch.

If I were to give someone advice though I would tell them to visit a winery with better views of the beautiful Marlborough region.

From the Forrest estate you can't really see much other than the tasting room, and a few outside picnic tables.

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Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Thank You for the helpful comment on thelack of view from Forrest Estate tasting room . When you are always on site and mainly standing you don't see how much the tress have grown. Much appreciated.
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Edenbridge, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Stop”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

We popped in to Forrest Wines as a recommendation from the motel we were staying at. The lady who was there was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and how they produced. She gave us a taster of three wines, although if you can buy a taster of 6. We ended up buying 2 bottles of wine at really good prices after our taster session.

Visited December 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Friendly and Knowledgeable”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Friendly, knowledgable staff who were happy to discuss the details of the winemaking process to two novice wine tasters. They have a superb product and we will certainly be purchasing more from home!

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A great out-of-season welcome!”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were driving through the area out of season and decided to pop in simply because they made a Malbec, which interested us. They offer so much more though.

The welcome we got was easily the warmest of any winery and we spent ages chatting with the knowledgeable and friendly lady in the shop.

A great selection of dessert wines - if witnessed by how many we bought to bring home!

Definitely worth a detour to this place if you're in the area - this isn't just another place where you'll be fobbed off with a few tasting.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank DanMcN
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