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

  • 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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  • Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

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

  • Mud House Wines

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

  • Gravitas Wines

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

  • Highfield Estate

    Highfield is a boutique Marlborough winery making ultra premium, food friendly wines for restaura...

  • Cloudy Bay Vineyards

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

  • Foxes Island Wines Ltd

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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


  • Another evening out in the district today; started with a play called The ... ... Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) even more.  Her glass had a bit more acidity and I did like it.  Sandra's salmon was prepared sashimi style, with a very hot wasabi paste.  She saw her sinuses several times.  I had a pin-size taste and boy was... Read More

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  • Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Lovely tropical fruit aromas, very delightful. Read More

    Wine review by xicablu


  • Matua Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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    All I can say is value. This is wine is not too citrusy but has just enough acidity to mix and match with most shell fish or earthy foods. Great sipping wine too! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


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