Drive for just over an hour after stepping off the ferry from the North Island and you will come across Marlborough, the area of New Zealand that is infamous for it’s wonderful Sauvignon Blanc.
Our accommodation at the absolutely fantastic Hillsfield House came with the free use of bicycles to explore the surrounding vineyards. My mum, who had not been on a bicycle in many years was albeit nervous about the expedition but our hosts were incredibly kind in ensuring the bikes were set up so we were comfortable and provided us with safety helmets and a map to guide us on our way.
First stop (literally just next door) we stumbled across the small but delightful Forrest Vineyard a small vineyard set up by two doctors who left behind careers in molecular biology and science to produce wine, hence the infamous ‘Doctor’s’ range they produce.
One thing I have to credit New Zealand vineyards for is their role in my discovery of dessert wines. I don’t think I had even tried a dessert wine before I stepped foot on New Zealand soil! Better late than never and I now can’t get enough of the stuff.
We enjoyed a wine tasting at Forrest, and it was here that the dessert wine in the ‘Doctor’s’ range really stood out for me. I purchased a bottle of the Doctor’s 2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc and have since seen it on many good restaurant wine lists in Wellington so it obviously isn’t just me that finds this wine a complete joy.
Forrest Vineyard is open 7 days from 10am – 4.30pm
19 Blicks Rd, Renwick 7204
Marlborough New Zealand
+64 3 572 9084