We want you to feel right at home when you come to Marlborough, so let please meet the team at Na Clachan Cottages and Wine Tours.
Na Clachan is Scots gaelic meaning ‘the stones’ or a ‘meeting place’. Our lovely self contained cottages and Marlborough wine tours are a great meeting place for anyone looking to escape and enjoy a little holiday. For 12 years we have grown grapes on sandy/stony soil, so the name is fitting!
We are a small, friendly team comprising:
Tour guide, website developer, Tweeter and general gopher, Helen really does it all.
Helen has been guiding wine tours for 7 years and never tires of sharing her love of Marlborough and its wines with guests. When not working she makes it a personal mission to sample as many of the local wines as possible so she can match guests’ wine preferences with tour visits. Homework doesn’t come any better than that. She has been a contract grower for 12 vintages.
Favourite local wine variety – pinot noir.
Food – Wine match made in heaven and available in Marlborough .. Pan fried Marlborough scallops and pinot gris
When I’m not working you can find me – playing music (fiddle, banjo, guitar, bodhran and voice), cycling.
If I couldn’t be in Marlborough I’d be … climbing the Five Sisters of Kintail in the Western Highlands of Scotland.
‘Central booking’, accounts and cottages manager.
Wendy hails from South Otago but has spent time in Christchurch, Scotland and England before settling in Blenheim 15 years ago. Having bought a vineyard she quickly learned the skills of growing grapes and is a mine of knowledge about local attractions.
Favourite local wine variety – Methode Traditionelle (Bubbles).
Food – Wine match made in heaven and available in Marlborough – vegetarian Indian takeaway with gewürztraminer.
When I’m not working you can find me … playing with clay at the local pottery club or on the wheel at home.
If I couldn’t be in Marlborough I’d be … travelling the world, there are so many places on my ‘to go’ list.
Chris developed his love and knowledge of wines as a lifetime member of the Sunday Times Wine Club in the UK before heading to NZ with his family. He has extensive knowledge of local and European wines and has an amazing memory for some of the statistics around wine production. He has been described on TripAdvisor as a walking wine encyclopaedia.
Favourite Local Wine Variety – pinot noir
Food – Wine match made in heaven and available in Marlborough .. oysters and sauvignon blanc
When I’m not working you can find me .. on the golf course (Chris has played off a handicap of 8), playing bridge, in the veg garden or enjoying wine
If I couldn’t be in Marlborough I’d be .. in South East Asia.
Riva is laughingly called a Spuntaway – a spaniel huntaway cross who came from a farm in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. She has endless energy and a love of furry toys, who face a life of tough love.
Favourite local wine variety – chateau la pompe (water) from the Na Clachan well
Food – Wine match made in heaven – baked liver and Chateau la pompe
When I’m not working you can find me .. Work? what’s that? I love running alongside the bike, lying in the river and of course, snoozing
If I couldn’t be in Marlborough I’d be .. anywhere with wide open spaces to run and shallow water to cool down.