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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Marlborough View all

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

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

  • Cloudy Bay Vineyards

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

  • Mud House Wines

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

  • Foxes Island Wines Ltd

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

  • Selaks Wines

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

  • Oyster Bay Wines

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Light and fruity Read More

    Wine review by ejbelair


  • Sea Pearl Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017

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    Melon flesh and citrus pith notes on the nose - mellow and grassy with green apple and pear. Fresh, easy drinking and flavorful - simple warm fruit flavors of lemon and a stony finish of slate and sea spray. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Three Paddles Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    Melon, lemon and lime on the nose with a bit of grass alongside the fruit. Tart and fresh flavors of lime zest and grapefruit on the palate with honeydew melon towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The Horologist Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Prophecy High Priestess Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Green melon, green apple and pear aromas with a juicy peach note. Continues with a green palate of light garden herbs, lime zest and tart green melon, finishing light and quick with a hint of sea breeze and more apple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017

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    Fresh lemongrass and grapefruit aromas with citrus notes and fresh cut grass, hints of mandarin orange and green apple as well. Peach and grapefruit on the palate, clean and light with good fruit and varietal notes of golden berries and grass. Easy drinking and well made. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mcbride Sisters Collection Brut Rose Marlborough

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    Aromatic cherry and watermelon aromas with hints of soft cheese and strawberry juice. Popping with acidity on entry, this takes a while to settle down in the mouth, but when it does it is herbal, earthy and delivers a real sense of place, coming together on the finish with cherry and strawberry notes and a candied palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Al - Most everybody goes to Marlborough but I was in Central Otago during it's early days of real wine discovery and it is beautiful - their pinot noir selection is very good.  Also, Hawkes Bay with it's gravelly, stoney southern Rhone soil is a must, some good wines are hitting the States from there also.You are correct on the price point (+/-)... Read More

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  • Oyster Bay Wines Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Classic grapefruit in a glass which is why I buy it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Wine 2017

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    Fresh and grassy lemon and grapefruit aromas with the lightest note of peach. Flavors of melon and lemon continue to the palate where they are met with an herbal note of lemongrass and grassy dried sweet basil, finishing clean and lightly floral. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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