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Forrest Wines Cellar Door

19 Blicks Road | Blenheim, Renwick 7204, New Zealand
+64 3-572 9084
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What a treat

It was raining hard and we were welcomed into a cosy tasting room with two big leather chairs in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue S
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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Great outdoor space with games & solid wines

Forrest was the first stop on a self-guided day biking tour of the Marlborough wine region. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LynH17
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Los Angeles, California
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Our Marlborough winery and tasting room are nestled in amongst our vineyards in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country just outside of the town of Renwick.At the entrance to Forrest wines stands a prominent stone wall built of the very stones that come from the surrounding area of the Wairau Valley. Beyond the wall the drive way winds through our oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, over the small stone bridge and into a beautiful park setting, with willow trees and a duck pond, picnic tables, badminton, tennis and patenque.The atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly, with toys for children of all ages. You may even catch a glimpse of Frankie the family Border Collie, she is so welcoming. The tasting room has a casual kiwi feel with couches, bean bags and outdoor furniture. A large variety of wines is on offer, a chance to taste a couple of your favourites or be adventurous and try a tasting tray with your choice of six wines. We pride ourselves on providing informative discussions about our wines, winemaking and our region. A selection of picnic nibbles is available for light lunches with cheeses, antipasto, smoked mussels and more. Please ask the cellar door staff.Wine tours of the vineyard and winery are available by appointment.Open 7 days 10am-4.30pm2011 Holidays - Closed on these dates below: New Year's Day 1st JanuaryGood Friday 22nd AprilMarlborough Anniversary Day 31st OctoberChristmas Day 25th DecemberBoxing Day 26th DecemberMarlborough has one of the world’s greatest wine trails: fabulous wine, breathtaking scenery, a warm climate and relaxed people clustered in one small grape growing region (approximately 14 x 7 kilometres). More than fifty wineries offer a variety of wine, food and entertainment. You can either drive, take a guided bus tour, or hire a bicycle and pedal your way around the vineyards via the Marlborough Cycle Network Renwick Route.
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19 Blicks Road | Blenheim, Renwick 7204, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was raining hard and we were welcomed into a cosy tasting room with two big leather chairs in front of a great big fire. We were the only ones out and about on this wet day. We tasted 7 wonderful wines for $7. The...More

Thank Sue S
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your lovely review Sue and for taking time to put it up on Trip Advisor. So pleased the winter experience at Forrest was a lovely one for you - nothing better than enjoying a wine or three in front of the fire with...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Forrest was the first stop on a self-guided day biking tour of the Marlborough wine region. The wines were solid--we enjoyed everything we tasted there, and the outdoor space had shaded areas, sunny areas, bean bags, regular tables & chairs, and a variety of lawn...More

Thank LynH17
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks you for including us on your tour. We appreciate your time and interest in putting your descriptions and comments up. Cheers and we look forward to seeing you back soon.

Reviewed 20 March 2017

This was my favorite spot on our winery tour. You drive through a bit of their vineyard to get to the winery. They offer complimentary tastings and $7 tasting trays which you can sample more wines with the purchase. Really cute outdoor area to sit...More

Thank echo15girl
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry I missed this review - must have been at the beginning of harvest. Thanks so much for your lovely comments. Cheers.

Reviewed 12 March 2017

We visited Forrest Cellar door and were impressed from the very start. A front of house lady was busy with a large group but immediately excused herself, welcomed us and said soneone would be right with us. A welcoming and knowledgeable young lady arrived and...More

Thank Jacqbot
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Thank You and thank you for taking the time to post such a great review. The girls in the cellar door love getting feedback.

Reviewed 15 February 2017

All the wine was excellent, it is in a glorious location and the staff were great, it was the perfect winery.

Thank TravelCork
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Thanks for the great review - I can't say we are "perfect" but we do try to offer a great experience and we are proud of our grounds and staff. Cheers

Reviewed 31 January 2017

Forrest Wines was our last stop on a "Wines of Marlborough" tour--and it was our favorite! Our guide explained how this winery was founded by a husband and wife--both doctors! After showing us some vines and explaining how they are supported (3 ways) she took...More

Thank Cerritos_Dave
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Thanks for the great review. Just to clarify the "Doctors" range of wines are the lower alcohol. We do have a Californian importer - look on our website for more details.

Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I was first introduced to Forrest estate in 1996 when i joined the police. We travelled to blenheim for a day trip. Since then i have been an avid follower of John's wine. I have tried everyone and honestly have not found one i dont...More

Thank chopprrrrreid
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to publish a review especially when you are a "friend of Forrest". So pleased that you tried a few new varietals. You know that John and the winemaking team are always trying to do new things!!! Look...More

Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Of the 7 or 8 wineries that we toured, the tour aspect of the Forrest Wines experience was the most informative. Very enjoyable and fun mainly thanks to Becky, and some novel low-alcohol wines, even if we are a little unsure of that concept on...More

Thank James L
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Thanks for your comments James. Having a research biochemist and a Doctor as owners and winemakers goes a little way to explaining the lower alcohol concept - we care about your health and we love pushing some of the boundaries around what has been expected...More

Reviewed 23 January 2017

Forrest winery is my favorite for tastings. A tasting tray of 6 wines is $7, and cheese and crackers $10. The staff bring you what you ordered and you can s relax and enjoy them in your own time. Loved it!More

Thank KarenNichol
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Thanks for taking the time to make some lovely comments Karen. Personally I think the experience of wine is relaxing and enjoying it with friends. Food adds another dimension and can change the appreciation and flavour perception quite a lot so it is always a...More

Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

There are no free tastings here but definitely still worth a visit. You can purchase a flight of 6 wines (selected from a menu) and relax in the garden on the beanbags or tables. As you are essentially paying for tastings there is no high...More

Thank Rebecca B
Brigid F, Owner at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2017

Thanks for the review Rebecca. Just to clarify we do offer free tastings of up to 3 wines at the bar. The tasting tray option is just one option if people feel like lingering a little longer.

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