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Day two dawned a little too early.

At 8am, Clive Jones from Nautilus Estate was parked in my drive way to collect me and our other guests, for a day off-road in Marlborough.

After fortifying ourselves with coffee and cronuts (more on that in another post!) we set off in convoy from Seymour Square.

Our route took us around the Awatere in the morning with stops at Villa Maria’s Seddon Vineyard and Yealand’s Seaview vineyard. Both were stunning sites although the sea breeze at the Yealand’s stop was a touch brisk!

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“Mount Tappy” viewed from Villa Maria’s Seddon vineyard

Yealand's Seaview vineyard

Yealand’s Seaview vineyard

We returned to Cloudy Bay’s “Red Shed” for lunch – woodfired pizzas by Essenz catering and tamales from the lovely Monica Mead. Monica’s Tamalemana will definitely have a post of its own soon.

In the afternoon we continued around the Wairau and Southern valleys vineyards. At each stop in the morning and evening we tasted Sauvignons and Pinots from that particular subregion. My favourites were all from the Southern Valleys, shown at the Auntsfield and Spy Valley stops. Here a slightly older clay soil gives both varieties more weight and completeness than you see elsewhere in the region.

The day ended with a spectacular “Twilight garden party” at Timara Lodge. The beautiful ground require the constant attention of a team of full-time gardeners, and local artisan food suppliers showcased their wares. The Cloudy Bay Clam fritters were a standout, as was this amazing display of local strawberries.

Local Marlborough Strawberries

Local Marlborough Strawberries

Wine, music and good conversation complimented a spectacular end to a spectacular couple of days.