Vineyards and Bikes

We left Rarangi about 10 on Wednesday and cruised up to Picton to catch the 2pm ferry to Wellington. The weather again was kind for a good crossing and by 5:45, we were cruising up Wellingtons main motorway heading for Fiona’s cousins in Raumati to join them for tea. After a great fun night with them, the next morning we left to head to the wine area around Greytown and Martinborough .

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From the Rimutakas Summit looking towards Featherston
From the Rimutakas Summit looking towards Featherston

We spent the afternoon checking out the Greytown shops which must be one of the oldest done up towns around.

Fiona crossing towards the old Greytown Hotel
Fiona crossing towards the old Greytown Hotel
Rafe behaving in Greytown
Rafe behaving in Greytown
The original Masonic Lodge in Greytown, now a design furniture store
The original Masonic Lodge in Greytown, now a design furniture store

They’ve spent a lot if time and effort on doing old things up rather than knock them over and it looks great.
Later in the day we cruised over to Martinborough and checked into the Motorcamp.

Top 10 Martinborough
Top 10 Martinborough

The next day after breakfast and getting the bikes off the rack, we were off to check out the vineyards and Olive Oil. Martinborough is perfect for bikes as it is dead flat. Our only impediment was a stiff westerly wind but nothing our 10 speeders couldn’t deal with.

Getting the bikes ready
Getting the bikes ready
Martinborough Hotel
Martinborough Hotel

We found a boutique vineyard not too far from town called Margrains. After a great lunch in the sun, we checked out the cellar and due to people being on holiday, the owner was working the cellar. He was very knowledgable and a real character and was passionate about his business.

One of my first selfies ever at Margrains
One of my first selfies ever at Margrains
Fiona outside Margraines of Martinborough
Fiona outside Margraines of Martinborough

The Pinot Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris were all amazing wines all with less sugar. The Pinot Gris was much drier as a result and was a superb and very drinkable wine:-) I ended up buying a mixed dozen of different wines which we’ll collect tomorrow with the van. A lot of fun and he wasn’t going to let me go until I’d tasted all 9 of his great wines. I was well and truly ready for a bike ride !
We headed from there about 4ks towards an Olive place so Fiona could grab and taste some Olive oil. So after 20 minutes or so of riding out if town, we came across our Olive place with a closed sign.. Bugger!

Fiona outside the closed Olive place
Fiona outside the closed Olive place

We rode back into town for a cup of tea, a visit to the 4 square shop and then made our way back to the van. A good day, nice weather and I’m looking forward to trying one if those wines over the next few days.

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