Marlborough Wineries (Part II)

From Gibson Bridge, it was a short cycle down the road to Mahi (meaning “our work” in Maori).

The Mahi label is especially interesting.

It is a snail, which symbolizes taking your time and going slowly through the wine making process (not rushing the growth or fermenting process) to produce the best flavor.

After a particularly tough cycle uphill (with strong winds going in the other direction!)

we made it to the fully-organic winery, Seresin.

Our first impression of their vineyards was unparalleled.

What makes Seresin special is that their entire wine-making process is 100% organic.

They recycle everything and have a very “hands off” (hence their label) process to creating their wine. They tasted so full of natural flavor.

I want.

They were also sampling their olive oils (the lime was out of this world!) and Feijoa Jam!

I’m really glad that I “permitted” Hannah to steal us each a grape. They burst open with sweet, juicy goodness that absolutely was reminiscent of the wines we’d just tasted. So real.

Our second-to-last winery was Isabel, a 100% family-owned establishment.

We were greeted by their joyful great dane, Luna!

This was another one of my favorite wineries. We spent a while there, chatting with the granddaughter to the founder the winery. She was so young, and grew up there among the vines! She knew so much about the wine, and I could tell that she liked how young, curious, and enthusiastic we were, and wanted us to have a great tasting experience. We tried the ones our guide had recommended to us, then she insisted we try her favorite, also the quintessential Sauvignon Blanc, and a dessert Riesling, “because you have to.”

We left there feeling great, heading to our last winery, Highlands.

Before we tasted anything, we climbed the tower!

The views were spectacular.

Then, we got to taste!

We didn’t get as much individual attention as we had been spoiled with in the other places, since it was quite a big business, but all the same, it was some of the best wine we’d had.

When we made our way back to the tour location, the tour guide did not only give us a ride back into town, but he dropped us off at a cafe, since we were about 45 minutes early for our bus, that was only a 5 minute walk back to the station!

Plus, I’d read about the place in TLP! We just got a cup of tea (chai for me, lime jasmine for Hannah) since our bellies were so full of sips upon sips of wine.

It was my first time visiting wineries, and it was a day I will never forget. I’ve always had a pretty big interest in wine because it’s a very cool science, but also a very romantic art. And I learned so much more about it since I got a taste of so many different kinds! I learned about different growing and fermenting processes make how they make such a diverse range of flavors and tastes. A common theme among all the wineries was that the best wines are made as naturally as possible, which takes a lot of patience.

This is really the same for anything in life: preparing food, fostering relationships, and learning new things. For best results, handle with tender love and care, but allow yourself to let nature take control. Give things time.

We had a really light (and dirt cheap) meal of soup-in-a-pouch and macaroni.

One serving is less than a dollar. It does the job!

(Read about my time in Kaikora and Nelson!)


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2 responses to “Marlborough Wineries (Part II)

  1. Those views are gorgeous–thanks for posting!!

  2. Pingback: Marlborough Winery Tour By Bike Part 1 | Namaste Everyday

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