Located in the Marlborough region in north-east corner of the South Island, Blenheim is known for mild temperatures all year round and long hours of sunshine in the summer. The Marlborough soil produces rich, delicious grapes and a range of fine wines that are renowned worldwide, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc. A Blenheim rental car is perfect for zipping around this surprisingly compact region, and many of the wineries offer open days, tastings or shops. Over 65 wineries operate in the area, but these four are well worth a visit.
Villa Maria Estate
Villa Maria is one of New Zealand’s most famous wine makers, being the leader in terms of both international and national awards. They have been producing wine since the 1980s, and exact strict quality control over the wines to ensure they maintain their excellent reputation, starting with a top quality harvest.
Lawson’s Dry Hills
Lawson’s Dry Hills estate specialises in producing Gewürztraminer grapes, which they began processing and distilling in 1992. Their products are now considered among the best in the country and have a reputation on the international stage. They’ve expanded into a range of different wines and are open for wine tasting and winery tours seven days a week.
Huia Vineyards is a boutique-sized winemaker that focuses on producing high-quality unique wines that are handcrafted to capitalise on the rich fruity quality of the Marlborough grapes. They offer a range of premium wines, from Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay.
Allan Scott Wines
Allan Scott Wines is a family owned winery that has operated since 1990, with a specially designed winery facility that produces aromatic wines. The Twelve Trees Restaurant and Cellar Door shop offer dining and shopping to showcase and share the excellent wines produced here.
Not only will you enjoy the distinct flavour of Marlborough wines, a tour through wine country in a Blenheim rental car will offer stunning vineyard views.
No matter your interests, a Blenheim rental car is the perfect way to see everything the Marlborough region has to offer. NZ Rent A Car offers a variety of affordable hire vehicles from our Blenheim car rental depot to help you explore the sights at your own pace.