Can you believe this... On the weekend there was not one bike left in Green Jersey Cycle Tour shed. All of the bikes were out on hire for a hens party - Touring around the Martinborough vineyards and wine tasting. This must of been so much fun, plus we were told on our brief "You can't get charged for drink driving on a bike".. I bet the girls had a fun hens day and hope the bride to be wasn't looking hung over for her big day. There are rather a lot of wineries to visit.
Honest how fun would it be to have a tandem bike for your wedding . (source pinterst) -
We chose a Schwinn tandem.
Ok I'll be honest I chose a tandem bike- Brent was not too keen to begin with...
He said "I'm not pedalling you around the district".
You can tell from our faces... I was super excited and meanwhile Brent was thinking more practical things... Like ... OK - how do these gears work.
And we are off to sample some wines....
Five very nice wines to sample followed by a tasty Port
Brent enjoys a red and had his first taste of a $120.00 bottle of wine - a 1999 Mareth
Mareth is named after the two grandma's Mary and Ethel.
Our next stop was Martinborough Vineyard ahh now they had whites. I was upfront and honest and said I'd never ever done a wine tasting in my life. Neil was awesomely fun and before I knew it, he was teaching me to swirl the glass, smell, swirl, swish and spit (how unlady like) then have a little taste. He reckoned that the nostril that is opposite your dominate writing hand has better odour sense. So next thing we are nostril testing the wine. Neil made the wine tasting ever so much fun. Make sure you pop into Martinborough Vineyard if you do the wine trail.
We brought their Chardonnay 2012 very nice indeed.
We were rather blessed with weather, it only rained while we were inside sampling wines. Can you see the big black clouds? We needed lunch and really had a dilemma in front of us.. There were still many winery's to visit and Brent didn't mind pedaling along while being well dosed... He wouldn't drive the car and we still had some travelling ahead. We knew there was no way we were going to get to every winery in Martinborough so we decided to bike past many and looked for a winery that had a cafe and some food on offer.
Tirohana Estate was open for a late lunch (2.30pm) a gourmet tasting platter. Nothing was too much trouble and I ran through my food allergies and they adapted the platter for me.
Captain Sam the resident vineyard and cafe cat was onto us.... He knows the type of clients that will feed him well and soon as the food arrived so did Sam. (The smoked chicken was his favourite).
However..... Sam is a true professional cafe cat.... Soon as the food is gone so is he.
Martinbourgh Wine Centre where you can purchase Moon Over Martinbourgh Olive Oil Very tasty on salads and for dipping your bread into. I've followed Jared's blog and read his book, Moon Over Martinbourgh. So we HAD to bike and get some of their olive oil.
Honest, if you are unfit you would still manage doing the wine tour on the bikes as there is lots of stopping and starting - but then again if you sampled at every wine place you might not get back on the bike or get into mischief somewhere on route.
For those of you who are no good on bikes Green Jersey Cycle Tour gives guided tours where you sit in their rickshaw (a three wheeled passenger cart) and they do all the pedaling. The tour takes you around some of Martinbourough vineyards and olive groves. I'm not normally one for guided tours but I wouldn't hesitate to go with Stuart. He has both horticulture and wine experience and a great host so with his knowledge and the wine tasting along the way it would be rather enjoyable. The package tour they offer includes a lunch and all wine tasting fees.
We will back to use Green Jersey Cycle Tours as we want to do the Rimutaka Cycle Trail.