New Zealand, South Island
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest and most famous wine region. It has come a long way since the first commercial vineyards were planted in the 1970s. It is world famous for its distinctive Sauvignon Blanc, but also produces excellent Sparkling wine and other varietals.
Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest and driest areas. The average summer daily temperature is 24°C, but the nights are very cool which ensures the grapes retain high natural acid levels, optimum freshness and vibrancy. The soils are mostly stony, free draining and low in fertility. The vines lack vigour, so they produce intense and aromatic fruit.
Best performing varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling.
Must See Cellar Doors: Cloudy Bay, Fromm, Huia, Montana, Oyster Bay, Villa Maria and Wither Hills.
Marlborough is 100km from Wellington.