After a three hour ferry ride from Wellington, watching Rugby with local fans, we spent the night in Picton. The next day, we drove across the top of the South Island to Havelock taking in the overcast but pretty views of the strait between the North and South Islands.From Havelstock, we took the road south to sunny Blenheim, the heart of New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region. We drove down their “Golden Mile” with vineyards on either side. We lucked onto the Hans Herzog vineyard where the host could not have been more hospitable, or the wines more delicious. We stocked up on several to bring home.Delightful Samantha Young helped us sample their superb wines on behalf of the proprietors, Hans and Therese Herzog. Rand is still more partial to Moa beer,
but he did find their Montepulciano-grape Grappa delicious.