Monday, January 25, 2010

Day 19 - January 25, 2010

Today I got to venture out to wine country in Martinborough. I hopped on the commuter train at 9:30 this morning and took an hour long ride to Featherston. It is a small town that leads to the wineries in Martinborough. From there we had a 20 minute ride to the first winery.

The Martinborough area is famous for their Pinot Noir. I am not normally a big fan of red wine, but the ones we tasted today were so good. After the first winery, we went to lunch at the Village Cafe and took a little tour of the small town. There is not much here except cafes and vineyards. There are over 40 vineyards in Martinborough and the Wairarapa county. After a nice lunch, we went to the next winery.

A lot of the vineyards are one man shops. At the second one, we got to see how everything is done. One man runs the whole thing and we found out how much work actually goes into the delicious bottles of wine we drink! It was very interesting to learn about the process.

From there we were on to our next stop, which was not originally on the tour, but one of the ladies from Sydney who grew up in Wellington really wanted to go, so because we were a small group, Pamela, our guide stopped for an extra tasting. It was well worth it.

We stopped at two more wineries to round out the tour. Hokey Pokey ice cream is a must have for visitors to Wellington (it may be all of New Zealand), so we had to make a stop at the ice cream parlor to try it and it was yummy! However, ice cream and wine do not go well together.

At the end of the day, we stopped at a little cafe and shared a cheese platter to balance out our palates and then headed home. A little old lady, Jo, probably in her 90's was traveling from England and got a little tipsy. She had bought so many bottles of wine, she couldn't carry them, so I had to walk her back to her hotel to make sure she made it ok. She was pretty funny!

I had a great day, and here are the pics!

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