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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  • 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

Popular Wineries in Marlborough View all

  • Te Whare Ra Wines Ltd

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

  • Cloudy Bay Vineyards

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

  • Marlborough Grape Producers Wines

    LOCATED IN BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND, Marlborough Grape Producers Ltd was established in 2000 by a gr...

  • Oyster Bay Wines

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

  • Foxes Island Wines Ltd

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

  • New harbor

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Spy Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013

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    Cranberry juice with rootbeer brown hues in color....excellent clarity...looks like an above average Pinot Noir. Loads of cherry and dark assorted berries on the nose, along with smooth spiciness and mild mocha/chocolate. The flavors are of delicate berries, slight oak dryness and young Port qualities...alcohol is very gentle and overall the m... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    A real beauty. Apples, lemongrass and grapefruit combine with a little petrol, acidity and wonderful minerality to give a refreshing, mouthwatering finish. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay 2014

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    Fruity and acidic with a smooth finish. Everything I look for in a good white. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Mariano's, 8/2016, Mary bought. Babich eeks out a close win over Kim Crawford in the August 2016, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, tasting by Mary. I sipped each, and I agree. This was a very close decision, a wrong purchase decision between these two wines is not possible. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Mariano's, 8/2016, Mary bought and Mary loved it. More than she, (not me) usually spends on white wine. Good to know she favors it, as this label is readily available almost everywhere. So, when I am aware enough (rarely, I admit), to bring home a treat for her I have this easy option. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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  • Saint Clair Pinot Noir 2013

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Babich Sauvignon Blanc Net 2009

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    Wine review by paintingjob


  • Sileni Estates Sauvignon Blanc Cellar Selection North Island 2014

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    2nd time around and still liking it a bunch. One notable change - the grapefruit, though prominent, has lessened some and it allowed the other lemongrass and citrus notes to shine a little brighter. The honeysuckle and orchard florals are very good. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir 2012

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    Another one had at Lunch yesterday at Marcello's Chophouse. Opens with Musk and Stewed Black Fruit, and Earthiness. Tart, somewhat acidic, and medium to highly tannic, but pleasantly so. As it opens, it smooths out and delivers more and more stewed fruits, some chocolate/cocoa, and earth. I prefer this style much more than the more fruit forward... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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