If you missed my last recap from my study abroad trip in New Zealand..here it is
Leaving Wellington, NZ, we boarded a ferry early in the morning to take us to Nelson
I got some amazing pictures from the ferry ride
Our first full day in Nelson we headed to Marlborough, which is the major wine producing region in New Zealand. We had 5 wineries scheduled to visit!
First up: Saint Clair Family Estate! We headed straight to the cellar door to kick off the day with wine tasting. Note: it is never too early to taste wine.
Marlborough’s top wine varietal is Sauvignon Blanc which happens to be one of my favorite wines. The Sauvignon Blanc produced in New Zealand is a lot fruitier and crisper than other Sauvignon blanc wines I’ve tried back home
Group table shot
The scenery all day was absolutely gorgeous!
The next vineyard was called Forrest Estates. This was one of my favorites due to a furry friend we got to meet named Frankie! Frankie clearly loved all the attention we were giving him
We were given a tour at Forrest estates by Mr. Forrest himself! We got to learn more about the wine making process. I asked if I could take a barrel filled with wine home but unfortunately that wasn’t an option. I didn’t actually ask but I thought about it..
After the tour we went into the cellar door and got to try 18 different wines. Lets just say we were all feeling pretty happy after My favorites were the Riesling and Sauvingnon Blanc
next up was Framingham Winery. Just a quick selfie to start off
The property was beautiful
the wines at Framingham were pretty good but I liked the ones I tried at Forrest better
Next up was Wither Hills Winery. Check out that view!
In front of the property were some nice bean bag chairs that we got to lounge on for a little bit
Next we headed inside to the restaurant for wine tasting and some lunch
We tried 5 different wines and then were served some lunch. Everyone was MORE then ready for some food by then..too much wine and no food is not a very good combination!
We were served cheese platters with a variety of meats, cheeses, and breads on it. I didn’t snap a picture of the whole platter but I got a picture of one of my many plates
The chicken satay skewers were delicious!
Then we were served a dessert tray. I tried a couple chocolate covered strawberries and a blondie. The blondie was delicious!
Right before we left Wither Hills we met another very nice dog named Bear! His name suits him perfectly because he looked like a big bear!
Our last vineyard of the day was another beautiful property
We were given a tour of the property before the wine tasting. Our tour guide was pretty cute:)
Grapes! I wanted to stomp on them like they do in movies but that wasn’t an option..we did get to try one though! They taste extremely sour!
On our way home from our last vineyard we stopped at a river where people had the option to go swimming..I chose not to swim but it was fun to climb down to the rocks and watch people
My trip is almost coming to an end! I still have a few more recap posts to do which may not get done until I return to the states on Friday depending on the internet situation at our final hotel in Auckland
Next up will be featured eats and scenes from my time in Nelson