2018 Forrest GrapeRide

Forrest hosts the GrapeRide

The tagline for the Forrest GrapeRide is ‘Sip, Savour, Cycle.’ I mistakenly thought these were listed in order of priority and that I had signed up for a leisurely bike ride through Marlborough’s vineyards. I figured the event would take several hours as we stopped at a number of vineyards to enjoy tastings or glasses of wine. My bad. Even the shortest distance (42km), The Taster, was more race than stroll. Thankfully there was wine at the end. My favourite part of the trip was relaxing in a bean bag chair after the bike ride enjoying a couple bottles of wine with friends.

biking through the vines at Forrest Wines Estate

Dates: 6-8 April 2018
Travel with: Allen and the Marshalls
Weather: 50s-60s, partly cloudy, great biking weather
Accommodation: Korohi Vineyard Cottage, 60 Pauls Road, booked via Airbnb. This was an ideal location for biking to the GrapeRide and walking to dinner nearby.

  • 2018 Forrest GrapeRide
  • Marlborough Farmers’ Market
  • Post-race festival at Forrest Wines Estate
  • Wine tastings at
    • Nautilus Estate of Marlborough
    • Wairau River Wines

Food & Drink:

  • Moa Brewing
  • Ritual Coffee Company at Marlborough Farmers’ Market
  • Hans Herzog Bistro (!!)
  • Dodson Street Beer Garden

Transportation: Air New Zealand, Thrifty car hire, Explore Marlborough bike hire