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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Wither Hills Vineyards

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

  • Coopers Creek

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

  • Oyster Bay Wines

    Internationally-recognised for producing "elegant, assertive wines with glorious fruit flavours",...

  • Highfield Estate

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

  • Framingham Wine Company Limited

    Framingham Wines Limited derives its name from the village of Framingham, located in Southern Nor...

  • Allan Scott Family Winemakers

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Loads of grapefruit and lemongrass with petrol, melon, minerality and acidity give a fruity, juicy finish. Satisfying - drink now - 86 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    The wine is rather light in color, with a nose full of tropical fruit, mango, Meyer lemon, and a bit of pineapple over some hints of green grass. The taste is rather nice, with a good bit of fruit up front, but with a nice tart acidity throughout, leaving you quite refreshed by the time you enjoy the crisp, dry finish.See the full review on my... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Sea Pearl Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014

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    as a pinot noir i found this wine to be less than reflective of the variety that I have become used to. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Pebble Cove Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    starts out a little bitter but becomes bright and slightly sweet as it progresses across the palate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Peter Yealands Pinot Gris Marlborough New Zealand 2015

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    Binny's 3/2017. $7 US???? Simply the best buy you can find this summer. Even if you are in Cape Cod or Bar Harbor looking for a lobster roll, I was. This will beat the price/quality ratio. I am thinking about buying a case, but then again it is late July and crispy dry deck whites are almost in the "gone" season. Maybe just 6 then. I am so cheap. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic AUSTRALIAN CHARDONNAY


  • 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


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