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

  • Gravitas Wines

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

  • Coopers Creek

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

  • Kim Crawford Wines

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

  • Foxes Island Wines Ltd

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

  • 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...

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013

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    Intensely aromatic with that classic gooseberry, cut grass, asparagus and ... ... and ... nose that typifies Marlborough Sauvies. Bright and juicy on the palate with good energy and attractive complexity to the asparagus and green pea framed fruit flavors that hint at peach then receded back into a more classic grapefruit and lime profile. Fi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... in their ... Rangi 2000 Marlborough Pinot Noir  |  3 in stock  |  $19.99 Ata Rangi 2001 Marlborough Pinot Noir  |  5 in stock  |  $19.99 Avignonesi 1997 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva Grande Annata  |  3 in stock  |  $34.99 Baumard 1990 Coteaux du Layon S... Read More

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  • Kim Crawford Chardonnay Marlborough Unoaked 2013

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    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011

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    Wine review by motojoan


  • Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by Austinista


  • Twelfth Night Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by Velawines


  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012

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    Another good Savignon blanc from New Zealand. Citrus scents, ocean dews, middle legs. Paired well with Panned seared tuna, and sauteed veggies. Read More

    Wine review by Peternywine


  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough 2012

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    I think you would be hard pressed to find a better Pinot Noir for the price. Dry and crisp, with hints of cedar and tobacco for the nose. Read More

    Wine review by jwhittenknapp


  • DMcKer,I am rather partial to the Pinot Noir from Central Otago(From fair to ... Other Marlborough producers to visit or taste:Greywacke,,   NZ Riesling is enigmatic, often with residual sugar and knife edge acidity  eg Hunters in Marlborough, Pegasus Bay  in Waipara. There is a great App for iPhone called Swirl NZ which helps you take wine tas... Read More

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  • 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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