Monday, January 7, 2013

Marlborough Wine Region, South Island, New Zealand

 We have now begun our journey on the South Island of New Zealand.
After ferrying across the Cook Straight and arriving in Picton, we are now driving through the Marlborough country!  It's about 6 p.m. on November 24...almost summertime down here! (December 1)

 It is cooler outside than it looks but it is also delightfully beautiful!
We are on our way to Blenheim to visit the   Georges Michel Wine Estate (a family owned and run winery) for wine tasting, a special dinner and then a tour.

This photo was taken on the Georges Michel property and there is a whole lot of property!
The rose bushes appear to be pretty accents to the ends of the vineyard rows, but that is not their purpose.
Actually, rose bushes and vines are susceptible to the same diseases.  The rose bushes serve as an early warning signal for infestation by diseases and insects like aphids.
Not all vineyards do this, but, many do...seems like it would be worth the investment!

1 comment:

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

We stayed at a winery near Blenheim and got woken up at 6am and asked to move the car so the harvesters could get through. At another winery on the North Island the bird-scarers went off at 4am - the "wine country" was the lowlight of our tour.