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Bubbly Grape Wine Tours co-owner Kerry Judd, pictured, and partner Graham Hunt have won Wine Tour of the Year New Zealand run by The Luxury Travel Guide.

Its glossy pages are read by some of the richest people in the world.

With private jets, fast cars and extravagant holidays, the thick lifestyle magazine features only the fashionable and sought-after.

And in the latest edition of The Luxury Travel Guide a small New Zealand wine tour company has made the cut, thanks to a secret nomination.

Bubbly Grape Wine Tours in Marlborough won the magazine’s Wine Tour of the Year New Zealand.

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Published in the United Kingdom once a year, the high-end $399 (including digital editions) magazine held a competition to celebrate companies that give customers ” … a unique lifestyle experience”.

For tour owners Kerry Judd and partner Graham Hunt from Blenheim, winning came as a “huge surprise”.

“We were very, very thrilled, especially to think that someone had nominated us. We are quiet achievers who just get on with the job.

“They couldn’t tell us who nominated us and we’re very curious about that but as it’s an English magazine we think it might be an agent,” Kerry said.

For 12 years, the pair had shown off Marlborough wineries to visitors from across the country and overseas.

During the summer months the couple could work six days a week, running tours twice a day.

Judd said while they did work hard, she also had some wonderful memories of the people she had met.

“There was a man who proposed to his girlfriend on a tour and that was one of the highlights for me.

“We became friends on Facebook and kept in touch. They got married and have two children. They came back last month.

We do stay in touch with some people and just recently had a couple return for their fourth tour. They had got married in Raratonga and called in on their way home,” she said.

As well as a write up in the prestigious magazine, the pair also won a crystal vase.

“It’s lovely to have been recognised like this,” Kerry said.

LTG Lifestyles magazine can be found online ltgawards.com

For further information on Bubbly Grape Wine Tours visit bubblygrape.co.nz

 


 – The Marlborough Express

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