New Zealand… Day 17 Brancott Estate (birthplace of Marlborough Sav Blanc)

This winery is one I’d wanted to visit for a long time.  It was the birthplace of one of my favourite types of wine, sauvignon blanc.  It took us awhile to find the cellar door (called the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre).  We saw signs on other roads but it turned out they were the other locations where they grow the different varietals of wine.

We eventually found the Heritage Centre and drove up the long driveway.  When we came to the carpark we thought we had to walk up the hill to the Centre but a car came down and the driver told us he would drive us up to the entrance.

The Heritage Centre overlooks the original vineyard and from its vantage point you can see for kilometres over the valley and the town of Blenheim.  There is a restaurant onsite as well as the cellar door.  We were invited to watch a video on the history of Brancott Estate which was really interesting.  After watching it we went and tried some of the wines before purchasing some.  I still have some of it in my fridge now for a special occasion.

http://www.brancottestate.com/our-wines/our-wine

Looking inside the restaurant.  You can see the view we got from in there through the windows.

Brancott Estate

Looking through the vines and up to the Heritage Centre.

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