About The Vines Village
Based in Marlborough, New Zealand - the internationally renowned Sauvignon Blanc wine capital of the world, The Vines Village is a wine cellar, cafe and collection of boutique stores and activities set amongst 4 heactares of expansive lakeside grounds and gardens surrounded by incredible vineyard vista's.
An essential stop on your wine journey through Marlborough, the Vines Village has a Bronze Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award and is just 12 minutes drive from central Blenheim and is nestled amongst many of the region's best cellar doors along the famous 'Golden Mile'. It is the perfect place to explore, taste some of Marlborough's finest produce or simply relax with a sweet treat in a bean bag under a tree.
Keep up to date with the many events and activities at facebook.com/vinesvillage.
Read about the Vines Village here as seen in the Sounds Good Magazine.
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The Vines Village is owned by twin brothers Jeff and Tim Fulton who are passionate about wine tourism and bought the Vines Village in October 2013, and have since been developing the Village with visiting and local family's in mind. All the stores and cafe have been renovated and have added an outdoor theatre, heli-pad, walking and bike tracks, sports field, outdoor chess and petanque court, a cycle network, brewery and accomodation.
With a masters degree in Forestry Science, Jeff has a passion for landscaping but since 2003 has worked in the NZ music industry and holds a diploma in Audio Engineering from SAE. He has worked in the NZ music industry (have a listen) and promoted gigs and festivals in Christchurch and Auckland for 10 years and with this experience sits on the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival Committee as music advisor. Jeff is also a keen cycling advocate and founder of RideTheGoldenMile.com - a cycle-friendly network of cellar doors, accomodation and bike hire in the Renwick/Rapaura area.
Tim is a qualified winemaker with a Diploma in Oenology and a Science degree and done vintages in the Hawkes Bay, Napa Valley and France. Wine marketing is his passion having worked for Vidal, Brancott, Kendall Jackson, Mas Daumas Gassac as well as Tourism New Zealand in London. Tim hosts regular wine tastings and has developed an online wine trading business with some iconic NZ wine brands.
Their latest projects include the Golden Mile Brewing Beer Tap Room, a poured honey operation with Taylor Pass Honey, Marlborough's rolled ice cream business with Appleby Farms and the Elemental Distillers Gin Distillery which opened at the Vines Village in May 2019. . Both own VW Kombi vans, both are fan's of cricket and Hawaiian shirts (unlike their wives) and are keen sportsmen and actively encourage visitors to the Village to head out and hire a bike, kick a ball, roll the arm or just explore, taste and relax.
Stop by and say hi!
Jeff & Tim Fulton
Here at the Vines Village we strive to always keep improving and developing initiatives to realize a sustainable future.
We are proudly smoke free and encourage healthy living. Whether it be getting off screens to pick flowers, kicking a ball around our sports grounds, or supporting the many local events, the Vines Village offers a fun, friendly and relaxed base to explore and cycle around the Marlborough region and a range of healthy, fresh food and organic drink options on the menu that can cater for any dietary requirements.
We support a wide array of home grown and local producers and have an on-site kitchen garden with free range chickens (rescued battery hens) who take our kitchen leftovers and produce beautiful eggs which we use in our baking. Organic honey is produced onsite with our own FlowHive and used in our cooking and the happy bees pollinate our gardens and it is fascinating to watch the team harvest the honey.
Our Coffee Supreme grounds are regularly available for guests to take home to use in their gardens. We have a full recycling regime and are part of the oil collection programme in Marlborough. In addition to achieving a Bronze Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award in 2018, we have won several Garden Marlborough awards for our approach to native planting and we actively encourage the native bird life and are involved in the 'Tui to Town' planting campaign.
We also like to have fun and cycle which is why we are are part of the Golden Mile Cycling Network and even have our own Cycle themed craft beer. There is a busy schedule of family friendly and community events and outdoor activities at the Vines Village so make sure to keep an eye on our events calendar.