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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Marlborough

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  • New harbor

    Marlborough, on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, is the country’s premier appellat...

  • Villa Maria Estate Ltd

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

  • Selaks Wines

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

  • 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...

  • Coopers Creek

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • These are some of my go to daily favorites:Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc                         Castello Banfi "Le Rime" Pinot Grigio                       Toscana 2014                                                                                       Finca De Luzon Jumilla 2013                                                             ... Read More

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  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    As usual a wonderfully elegant and effusive Sauvignon Blanc. Loads os green apples, citrus, lemongrass, tasty minerality with great acidity. My go SB for sure - drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. New Zealand does not export an average bottle of wine at any price point. Always better than you paid for, if California wine is your basis point. Well, maybe not the high end, as $20/$30 per 750 ml bottle is my price limit. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Allan Scott Pinot Noir 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Served with London Broil with the Gilmore's to kick off "summer", or in this case a very warm spring day. Just a delightful bottle made even more memorable because we followed it up with a typical bottle of California's over priced attempt at a red blend. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Rosé 2014

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    Wine review by trohk


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Awesome! Read More

    Wine review by trohk


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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    Wine review by trohk


  • Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Rosé 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by trohk


  • Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc Wax Eye Vineyard 2014

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    My FAVORITE New Zealand Sauv Blanc. Kim Crawford is next Read More

    Wine review by goatless


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