Marlborough Wine

 

While wines from Marlborough, in New Zealand’s South Island, have only come into prominence recently, there is actually a wine-making history in that region that dates back to the 1870s. Meadowbank Farm Manager David Herd planted Muscatel in a parcel of land in the Fairhall/Brancott area that became very well regarded. Though he died in 1905, his vineyard continued to produce until the 1930s. A few other small wineries also began to crop up during the late 1800s into the early part of the 20th century.
 
But it wasn't until 1973, when Frank Yukich of Auckland’s Montana Wines selected Marlborough for its expansion efforts. He saw the potential of this region, with sunny days and cool nights that ensure a long growing season and well balanced grapes. The success of his endeavors prompted other wineries to follow, many of them international enterprises. One of the most notable of these is Australia’s Cape Mentelle, who established the widely successful Cloudy Bay Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Marlborough View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Marlborough

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  • Kim Crawford Wines

    One of the reasons why New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have taken the world by storm. Delightful ...

  • Mud House Wines

    Mud House is a winery specializing in growing and crafting cool-climate pinot noir and sauvignon ...

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

    Whitehaven Wine Company was established in 1994 by majority shareholders, Greg and Sue White, and...

  • Foxes Island Wines Ltd

    Foxes Island Wines are named after the site at which they are made. In earlier times this "island...

  • Cloudy Bay Vineyards

    Cloudy Bay has been the benchmark New Zealand wine, from the iconic New Zealand winemaker Kevin J...

  • Coopers Creek

    “One of the most complete and interesting visit and tastings I made while in New Zealand was to t...

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    Binny's 6/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    Herbal lemongrass and green pepper aromas with fresh citrus notes that are quite aromatic. Fresh and lively on the palate, this is emblematic of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - herbal, citrusy and expressive with warm fruit and zesty acidity, finishing clean and light with lengthy grassy notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nice Zinfandel EM.  I haven't tried that one yet.We drove over to ... ... to ... Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand, and a Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France) with the crab and a prosecco with the oysters.  I think Sandra had a Sauvignon Blanc but I'm not sure now.   The meal was quite tasty and they even threw in a free espre... Read More

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  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Delightful peach and ripe green apple aromas with jalapeño and fresh herbs on the nose. This is tart, zesty and refreshing with a bowlful of acidity, juicy lime, grapefruit and golden berry and a wooded, herbal barky note towards the finish that ends on lime zest and pineapple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    Loads of grapefruit and lemongrass with petrol, melon, minerality and acidity give a fruity, juicy finish. Satisfying - drink now - 86 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    The wine is rather light in color, with a nose full of tropical fruit, mango, Meyer lemon, and a bit of pineapple over some hints of green grass. The taste is rather nice, with a good bit of fruit up front, but with a nice tart acidity throughout, leaving you quite refreshed by the time you enjoy the crisp, dry finish.See the full review on my... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Sea Pearl Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014

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    as a pinot noir i found this wine to be less than reflective of the variety that I have become used to. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Pebble Cove Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    starts out a little bitter but becomes bright and slightly sweet as it progresses across the palate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Peter Yealands Pinot Gris Marlborough New Zealand 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010

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    clear, pale lemon; exhibited a lot of fruity acids and had hints of pineapple. refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Where can I buy Oyster Bay Sauvignon blanc in Indianapolis?

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  • Just spent 7 days in marlborough for the 2010 wine festival and a bit of winery touring. It was absolutely wonderful...if you can ever get there...go!

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