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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Marlborough

Popular Wineries in Marlborough View all

  • Dog Point Vineyards

    Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable wine-growing experience of Ivan and Margaret Sutherl...

  • Coopers Creek

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

  • Gravitas Wines

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

  • Te Whare Ra Wines Ltd

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

  • Wither Hills Vineyards

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

  • Villa Maria Estate Ltd

    Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers. Founded in 1961 by its current owner a...

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by natmrk


  • The Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2013 2013

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    Picked this up at Jubilation. Opens with pine tar and asphalt then bright under-ripe Peach, Apricot, and Kiwi. Then moves to Kiwi Strawberry. Very bright, high acidity and becomes more subdued as it sits in the glass. Still major notes of Lime, Kiwi, and Apricot. Not a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc, but liked the crispness and the acidity and the c... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ott's Constant Dream Riesling 2011

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; A very pale Silver Gold in the Glass with notes of yeast, baking spices, and unripe apricot. Medium bodied and off-dry, a full and slightly viscous mouthfeel. More notes of green apples, melon, lemon/lime, minerality, and sweetness. Had this alone, but wish I had paired it with something, it deserves food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Nobilo Sb 2013

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    Tropical fruits on the nose; fruit forward wine with light acidity and a touch of bitterness on a rather long finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rupclose


  • Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by VjLeeder


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Very much what you'd expect from a NZ Savu blanc, loads of white grapefruit with a touch of lemon pith, decent acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013

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    (Past tasting 5 Oct 2014) Grapefruits and oranges! Refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011

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    (Past tasting 5 Nov 2013) Fresh, bright, and crisp! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    (Past tasting 20 Jun 2013) Lime and pineapple nose. Grapefruit on palate. 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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