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

  • Villa Maria Estate Ltd

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

  • Allan Scott Family Winemakers

    Allan Scott Wines & Estates Ltd is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery group. The c...

  • Te Whare Ra Wines Ltd

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

  • Konrad & Conrad

    Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad an...

  • Dog Point Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    A bit fruitier than the 13 vintage, still has nice acidity with a pineapple finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    Yum Read More

    Wine review by peskycat1


  • Jules Taylor Gruner Veltliner 2013

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    Candied orange, peach and jolly rancher on back palate. With a bit of time there is a cheesy quality that develops that I'm not a huge fan of. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by SagitariusFox


  • Sileni Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    So absolutely, crisp and very smooth. Surprisingly tasted very good with sea salt chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by tgraceffa


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by natmrk


  • The Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 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


  • 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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