Marlborough is very well known for its dry climate, the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, and Sauvignon blanc wine. Unfortunately we were running out of time and accordingly short was our stay in Blenheim, much too short. At least we could visit the Brancott Estate for a nice Lunch as well as the Herzog Winery. Fancy that, the very first thing I heard at Herzog Winery was a very brought Swiss German dialect. And this is why:
“As the name suggests, Hans Herzog’s roots lie in Switzerland where the family has grown wine since 1630. There Hans and Therese owned the successful ‘Taggenberg’ vineyard and restaurant in the Zurich wine country.
Looking for a new challenge, in the mid 1990’s they planted an 11 hectare vineyard bordering the Wairau River here in Marlborough and later moved the winery and Michelin-starred restaurant.” (If you are interested in reading more, have a look on their web page).
The Raupo Cafe saved our lives right when we arrived at Blenheim, late in the evening and starving as usual. The restaurant was one of the only ones still serving plates. In any case, it was on our list and we enjoyed our stays. We had a great dinner and the very next morning a pleasant breakfast on their terrace.
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