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Brancott Estate Heritage Centre

Setting
There are very few places where you can get the perfect overview of the vast Marlborough wine region, but Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is one of them. The stunning building, architecturally designed by Auckland company Fearon Hay, is sympathetically tucked into the hill and the views are stupendous. On a clear day you can see across Cook Strait to Wellington and up the west coast of the North Island.

Things To Know
This is Marlborough’s original modern-day vineyard, and is also home to the annual Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. A video explains the history of the site and private tutored experiences provide an in-depth tasting experience. You can even take the opportunity to get up close with the rare New Zealand falcon in the Living Land Experience (bookings are essential).

Our Picks
It’s home to sauvignon blanc, but there is much more to try. The sauvignon gris is an interesting recent addition, and you can’t go past the Living Land Chardonnay either.

Restaurant 
As if the views and wine weren’t enough, the restaurant creates the trifecta. The bistro-style dishes range from light options (think mozzarella croquettes) through to more substantial mains, such as Ora King salmon with beetroot risotto. Wine matches from the Brancott portfolio are suggested for each dish.
Hours:  7 days 11am-3pm (closed public holidays)