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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Popular Wineries in Marlborough View all

  • Highfield Estate

    Highfield is a boutique Marlborough winery making ultra premium, food friendly wines for restaura...

  • Mud House Wines

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

  • Oyster Bay Wines

    Internationally-recognised for producing "elegant, assertive wines with glorious fruit flavours",...

  • Selaks Wines

    When Marino Selak first arrived in New Zealand from his native Croatia in 1906, there were a f...

  • Marlborough Grape Producers Wines

    LOCATED IN BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND, Marlborough Grape Producers Ltd was established in 2000 by a gr...

  • Te Whare Ra Wines Ltd

    Oldest boutique winery in Marlborough, Est. 1979. The name which is pronounced "tea far-ee ra" t...

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  • Another evening out in the district today; started with a play called The ... ... Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) even more.  Her glass had a bit more acidity and I did like it.  Sandra's salmon was prepared sashimi style, with a very hot wasabi paste.  She saw her sinuses several times.  I had a pin-size taste and boy was... Read More

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  • Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2015


    Lovely tropical fruit aromas, very delightful. Read More

    Wine review by xicablu

  • Matua Valley Pinot Noir 2011


    All I can say is value. This is wine is not too citrusy but has just enough acidity to mix and match with most shell fish or earthy foods. Great sipping wine too! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Spy Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013


    Cranberry juice with rootbeer brown hues in color....excellent clarity...looks like an above average Pinot Noir. Loads of cherry and dark assorted berries on the nose, along with smooth spiciness and mild mocha/chocolate. The flavors are of delicate berries, slight oak dryness and young Port qualities...alcohol is very gentle and overall the m... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014


    A real beauty. Apples, lemongrass and grapefruit combine with a little petrol, acidity and wonderful minerality to give a refreshing, mouthwatering finish. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2014


    Fruity and acidic with a smooth finish. Everything I look for in a good white. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2015


    Mariano's, 8/2016, Mary bought. Babich eeks out a close win over Kim Crawford in the August 2016, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, tasting by Mary. I sipped each, and I agree. This was a very close decision, a wrong purchase decision between these two wines is not possible. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015


    Mariano's, 8/2016, Mary bought and Mary loved it. More than she, (not me) usually spends on white wine. Good to know she favors it, as this label is readily available almost everywhere. So, when I am aware enough (rarely, I admit), to bring home a treat for her I have this easy option. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... we ... Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand (2)2013 Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio (2)NV Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vino Verde2014 Fran Etz Gruner Veltliner Austria2013 Tomaresca "Neprica" IGT Puglia (3)2013 Banfi "Centine" IGT Toscana (3)2013 Frattoria De... Read More

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  • Saint Clair Pinot Noir 2013


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    Wine review by gmb468

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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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