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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Marlborough

Popular Wineries in Marlborough View all

  • Coopers Creek

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

  • Mud House Wines

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

  • Highfield Estate

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

  • New harbor

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

  • Allan Scott Family Winemakers

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

  • Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

    Whitehaven Wine Company was established in 1994 by majority shareholders, Greg and Sue White, and...

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • 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


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Tropical fruits on the nose; fruit forward wine with light acidity and a touch of bitterness on a rather long finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Rupclose


  • Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by VjLeeder


  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Very much what you'd expect from a NZ Savu blanc, loads of white grapefruit with a touch of lemon pith, decent acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013

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    (Past tasting 5 Oct 2014) Grapefruits and oranges! Refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011

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    (Past tasting 5 Nov 2013) Fresh, bright, and crisp! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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