Spring is (nearly) Sprung

Posted by Website Admin on August 29, 2017

Marlborough has four very distinct seasons, each with its own climate – though sunshine is the common, very welcome factor throughout the year.

This year spring has arrived in Marlborough a little earlier than September. Cherry blossoms, frolicking lambs, snow-capped mountains against a blue sky, warm afternoons on a lawn or veranda sipping the latest vintage Sauvignon Blanc - this is how Marlborough does spring, and it does it very well indeed.

Not only the cherries, but also the almond, apricot and many other fruit trees - in Marlborough’s orchards and parks alike - are brimming with colour. Visit us in late spring, and you might just be able to sample, or even pick, some of these naturally delicious treats straight from the tree.

Here at the Lodge one of our favourite spring vistas is from Spring Creek, which runs through the estate, looking south west where the Lodge is framed by fields of daffodils.

Perhaps less visible, but certainly very important, are the tiny, delicate green buds forming and sprouting on the grape vines that mark the most tender beginnings of what will, in just a few months, be Marlborough’s next vintage.

This is called “bud burst”, the end of the vines’ dormant winter stage, and the first variety to do so is Chardonnay, then Pinot Noir, with Sauvignon Blanc following two to three weeks later.

Photo: www.vicaragelane.co.nz

It’s essential for our viticulturists to protect these precious beginnings of their future crop and many spend long nights on frost watch: The impressive outline of hovering helicopters and spinning frost fans against the sunrise, working hard to keep the frost of vines by creating an inversion layer, is a familiar Marlborough spring scene.

What follows is flowering, then fruit set, ripening (veraison) and - the grand finale to the cycle that Marlborough is so finely tuned to - harvest.

From The Marlborough Lodge, the growing process is something you can observe first-hand. From within our expansive grounds are not only parklike gardens, but also some of the vineyards that create our world-class wines and all around, and accessible to you, are the local wineries, and winemakers, who make the magic happen.

To dive into Marlborough wine, simply book a wine tour, or drive, bike or walk to the nearest winery from the lodge, to find out all the interesting behind-the-scenes goings-on about our large and vibrant wine industry, from the people who make it happen.

And when you’ve had your fill of wine for the day (is there such a thing?), you could do something completely different and head north to Picton for an afternoon in the warm sunshine by the sea, or perhaps get out on the water for a seafood cruise - you’ll quickly be convinced it’s already summer.

See our Spring into Spring package and join us to enjoy this beautiful season.

 

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Wonderful Surprise. My husband booked us here as a treat whilst traveling around the area. It was a truly lovely stay. We wish we booked longer! The staff is brilliant and friendly - always smiling and quick to offer anything we might have needed. The property - WOW! It is incredibly well cared for and decorated to be current whilst maintaining the integrity and the history of the building (a challenge few people get spot on - they do!) . We will surely be back - hopefully when it is warmer so we can take advantage of the pool and more outdoor activities. Still well worth the stay in the offseason - the wineries are still open in June!

Ellie Z

A must stay! This place is incredible - located on a great piece of property very close to the airport and has amazing views. It has great food and wine and the rooms and staff are great people. Outdoor fire place where they host pre dinner drinks every night - a must stay if you visit this area!

Mathew K – Bedminster, New Jersey

Extraordinary luxury hotel. This hotel simply could not be improved upon! The building is lovely with an effortlessly elegant decor. We had a large suite with a second room for our son, separated by a huge bathroom. The room was perfect, with just the right amount of flair and panache without feeling overdone. Our bed was extremely comfortable and the linens were fantastic. The whole property has several wrap around porches, which are great for sitting outside and taking in the stunning views of the property, including a small vineyard. The setting is so serene — you are minutes from the local wineries and restaurants but you feel completely away from everything. We went on a tour with the gardener, who showed us the chickens (fresh eggs for breakfast every day!) and beautiful stream and plants. There are lots of citrus trees and gardens on the grounds. In the evenings, we enjoyed canapés and wine in a small chapel on the property, next to a roaring fire. And the food was delicious throughout! We enjoyed our evening dinners immensely and also had very tasty breakfasts, including local preserves and fresh juice. The staff was super friendly and made all of us, including our 8-year old son, feel so welcome. The manager was wonderful and made sure we all felt special. I would highly recommend this location.

CK107 – San Francisco

My dad and I stayed here for 4 nights, actually it was so good, we extended! From the rooms, to breakfast and dinner, to the grounds and staff, the lodge exceeds even the most distinguished expectations! I have stayed in the best hotels around the world, but The Marlborough Lodge is without hesitation one of those places where you will always remember every detail because they exceeded in every category! Can't wait to return!

ThomasNY