Things to do in Blenheim
Now owned by Moët Hennessy, Cloudy Bay is increasingly known for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, and an extraordinary cellar-aged Sauvignon Blanc called Te Koko.
Allan Scott's cellar door, or wine-tasting area, looks like an old-world French tavern. The standouts here are a citrusy 2004 Riesling and a subtle Prestige Chardonnay from 2002 with hints of butterscotch.
Established in 1989, Highfield is more than a winery—it's also a restaurant and a one-room B&B. Sit on the terrace and try a glass of the 2004 Sauvignon Blanc—a perfect complement to a hearty seafood-and-saffron chowder.
Her 2003 Block 36 Reserve Pinot Noir has received gold medals in two U.S. wine competitions; the intensely aromatic 2005 Vineyard Select Sauvignon Blanc is bound to take home future awards.