What Dreams Are Made Of: Biking & Wining in Marlborough, NZ

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Cam and I were talking at the end of the week over NZ beers {Monteith Golden - absolutely amazing} about what our favorite day was, and we both agreed it was this one.

We spent the entire day {it's summertime in NZ so the sun doesn't set until 10pm!} in the Marlborough region outside of Blenheim, biking from winery to gorgeous {!} winery under the hot sun, walking through the vines, dreaming outloud about our own while riding next to each other...trying not to fall off. (;  We laughed so much that day. Like the good, belly laughs that make your cheekbones hurt. And in all honesty, every wine we tried had depth and was completely incredible. The region's climate allows the grapes to have a long period to ripen, making them uniquely intense in flavor, being best known for Sauvignon Blancs. We normally drink reds, but my goodness, the Wairau Valley made us believers in whites. If we ever get to be vintners one day, I can imagine how even more thankful we'll be that we got to spend time in one of the best wine regions in the world. It truly inspired us. 

If you ever get to go, we rented bikes from the friendliest couple at Stonehaven Vineyard Homestay. They were wonderful. John gave me a huge hug at the end of the day, making us laugh outloud with his fantastic accent and mannerisms, "It's the Kiwi way, eh!" 

21 comments:

  1. What a perfect day-you both look so happy! Despite visiting NZ 4 times already I will have to visit again!... I love how you capture the beauty.....x

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  2. Oh Wow Amanda - it looks gorgeous! (As do you of course!)

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  3. Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous pictures!!! Your posts have inspired me so much lately!! and i literally CAN'T WAIT to travel around this side of the world with the husband by my side! ;)

    Thanks for adding the info on your rented bikes!! Will surely add it to my bookmarks for whenever we visit beautiful NZ!

    xoxo

    theinspirationsparks.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow wow wow! Is all I can say! This looks like such a gorgeous, picturesque day... what a wonderful memory :). Beautiful scenery, wine, bikes, love... you really can't go wrong! Thank you for sharing :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  5. Beautiful!!! What a perfect day! I love wine tasting!

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  6. These are the most beautiful scenes! You look so happy in these!

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  7. This looks like an absolutely wonderful day! Thank you for sharing with us! I've never had wine from NZ, but I will keep you recommendation in mind. Would you mind sharing a bit more about the food you've in NZ? The soup looks so delicious!

    xx Melanie

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  8. Amanda this looks like a dream! Your top is to die for btw...
    So happy you got some time like this with your hubs:)
    xo

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  9. This whole trip just looks amazing! Beautiful pictures!

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  10. WOW, just WOW!!!! This post made me insanely jealous! Absolutely amaginely beautiful. I don't think it's fair for your to post these outrageously stunning pictures of all these travels unless you can take us with you :)

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  11. Beautiful! We are big NZ Sauvignon Blanc fans and you just made me a believer that we need to visit NZ one day!

    -kelly
    sweettea-lemonade.blogspot.com

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  12. so beautiful. you are one lucky lady (:

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  13. Wow! This looks amazing!

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  14. These photos are gorgeous! Looks like such a lovely day :)

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  15. I am dying over these photos! And I LOVE Sauvignon Blanc too, even though I'm usually more of a red wine drinker (one of my friends who owns a winery here in the Willamette Valley actually owns vineyard down there too and imports his SB to Oregon!)

    Loving these travel stories and photos, so happy the trip has been so amazing!

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  16. I loved our time in NZ. The people there were so incredible ... so nice and warm. It was almost a shock to us - even the security check point people at the airport were nice (and that's saying something)!!

    I loved looking through your pictures - they're beautiful. Looks like you guys had a marvelous day.

    Bec

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  17. Im hoping that we get to go to NZ sometime in the next couple of years! My hubby is getting sent to Korea, so we would love to make a nice vacation trip while he's over there :) This day sounds amazing...thank you for sharing! Also, I absolutely LOVE your shirt! Your whole look is adorable!

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  18. IT all looks so beautiful. As always, your photos are inspiring!

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  19. literally a dream day!! one day you guys will own a winery and tourists like me will rent bikes a ride around your vineyard :)

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  20. um, awesome. and i want that lace top.

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