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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  • 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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  • Selaks Wines

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

  • Foxes Island Wines Ltd

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

  • Gravitas Wines

    We have approximately 40 hectares (100 acres) of vineyards located in Marlborough, New Zealand’s...

  • Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

    The Shepherds Ridge Property The Vineyard Rarangi, in the north-eastern corner of the Waira...

  • Wither Hills Vineyards

    Wither Hills vineyard has a significant 300 hectares of superb viticultural land nestled in the h...

  • Cloudy Bay Vineyards

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • 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

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    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


  • Yes a littleMainly Central Otago and Martinborough PinotsHawkes Bay has a ... ... good chardonnayI have toured Marlborough twice as part of my work for Pernod and it is a quite beautiful region to visitThey do actually make some excellent top end Sav Blanc in the Sancere and Fume Styles with some oak treatment but sadly only small quantities -... Read More

    Forum post in the topic AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY


  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010

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    Looking for quality for an excellent price, try this well made wine. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand Wine 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This is Randy constantly trying to get our friend, Joyce, away from Macmurray's California Pinot Noir, her go to fav. I did not succeed, but this was very good. Maybe, no not maybe, not even close to some of the best NZ has to offer, but certainly gulpable. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cloudy Bay Chardonnay Marlborough 2014

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    fabulous nose of butter, avocado and citrus; still a bit sharp and mineraly on palate, wish it had more oak though... 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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