This was a wonderful tour with unique experiences and delicious food and wine. Our tour guide, Hamish, was a terrific guide. He is a long time resident of the area and knew a great deal about the surrounding area and history of Marlborough. He is also a trained chef and so really knows his food and wines. Hamish drove us to the various places and the tour started with a stop at the Putake honey company where we met one of the owners who had a great story about how she and her husband got into the business. We did a tasting of several of the honeys and learned fascinating information about bee keeping. The next stop was at the Stanton olive groves where we sat down in the courtyard of the owner's home and had an olive oil tasting. Thirdly we stopped at an asparagus farm. The owners were a very friendly couple and, as we knew next to nothing about how asparagus was grown, it was great to find out about the industry and we even got to harvest a few asparagus spears! The last stop was to do a wine tasting and have lunch at the Wairau winery which has a lovely tasting room and gardens and delicious food and tasty wines.
It was a nicely paced tour and a great look at the local agriculture industry. Hamish was also very helpful in suggesting additional things to do and restaurants we could try.
I would highly recommend this!
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