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Spy Valley Wines is a Kiwi family-owned winery with a reputation for consistently producing a full range of great value, award-winning wines. Come and experience complimentary tastings of their wines, try estate-grown olive oil, enjoy award-winning architecture and landscaping, play in the kids corner, and have a picnic and enjoy the view. You could also check the nosey neighbors-- the Waihopai International Satellite Communication Monitoring Station--or as the winery calls it “the spy base down the road”. Add Spy Valley Wines and other attractions to your Blenheim trip itinerary using our Blenheim online trip builder.
Spy Valley Wines Reviews
The Spy Valley wine tasting experience was very pleasant and memorable for us. We tasted a few red and a few whites here. Along with the wines we also ordered a cheese platter and had a lovely... more »
Spy Valley has good wines and an even better gimmick, being located near a spy station that intercepts private and commercial communications on behalf of the United States, Great Britain, Canada... more »
Found out about Spy Valley Wines from the Marlborough Wine Trail and thought ~wine not~ unfortunately the guide said they had complimentary wine tastings but alas, they no longer do. Fortunately, the manager was super nice and decided to give us a not-dry deal on some tastings and the taste did not disappoint!
I've enjoyed many a spy valley wine over the years. Through the likes of the fine wine delivery co, glengarry, vinomofo etc I've been a happy purchaser many, many times. As such, when planning our Marlborough trip Spy valley was one of the first added to our "must visit" list. As we approached the immaculately laid out entrance, with a pretty damn awesome outdoor sculpture, my anticipation rose further. As it was a Monday, and no cruises were in, we were the only guests, so I hoped for a fairly personal experience. Alas, this was not the case. While the wines were fine, the pours were barely a soup spoon (at $10 for 4 tastings*) and the personal experience even less. The spiel was delivered by a disinterested millennial, with zero passion and no love for the subject. A couple of coworkers who passed by received far more animation and interaction. The overall feeling was that she just couldn't be bothered speaking with us. A memorized sentence or 2 was delivered per spoonful of wine, and then she withdrew. This was just 1 of the 14 tastings we've experienced in Marlborough so far, and easily the worst. In previous years we've visited central otago and martinborough, as well as visiting vineyards and cellar doors closer to home in kumeu, waiheke island and matakana. I've honestly never encountered someone less engaged as our spy valley hostess today. For a label that clearly spends a lot of time and resources on its brand, it's a shame that this one point of contact let's the whole experience down so badly. Especially as there are many other cellar doors close by where a better experience can be had for less. *I had the reserve tasting. A $5 for 5 tasting was also available. But I prefer to try wines not readily available at home, when wine touring.
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