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Biking New Zealand's Marlborough Vineyards

Daniel Shumate Cycling along Rapaura Road

Photo: Daniel Shumate

Exploring the South Island's sunny Marlborough province by bicycle is the best way to take in the scenery—not to mention the local wines. several vineyards have recently been bought up by conglomerates, and more people are bound to seek out their wines. It's a good time to be in Marlborough—while it's still blissfully undiscovered.

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Destinations: Blenheim · Marlborough · Renwick

Inspired by: Cycling New Zealand's South Island — by Daniel Shumate, Published Jan. 2006

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    Wine Tours by Bike

    Bike the 23 miles through New Zealands wine country.

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    Nautilus Estate

    The vintner, Clive Jones, occasionally makes small batches of Sauvignon Blanc that are not sold anywhere else.

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    Te Whare Ra

    Vintners Jason and Anna Flowerday unveil their latest vintages as if they're introducing their children. Gewürztraminer is the specialty here, but

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    Highfield Estate

    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 Sauv

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    Kathy Lynskey Wines

    Her 2003 Block 36 Reserve Pinot Noir has received gold medals in two U.S. wine competitions; the intensely aromatic 2005 Vineyard Select Sauvignon

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    Cloudy Bay

    Now owned by Moët Hennessy, Cloudy Bay is increasingly known for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, and an extraordinary cellar-

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    Allan Scott

    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

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