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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Konrad & Conrad

    Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad an...

  • Allan Scott Family Winemakers

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

  • Shepherds Ridge Vineyard

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

  • New harbor

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

  • Mud House Wines

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • The basement guest room is all finished today.  I invested about 21 hours ... ... that actually comes from Marlborough, New Zealand this afternoon (it's not so bad really).Have you guys / gals ever wondered about that picture that is constantly in the background of the pictures I take on my workbench?  That's Sandra of course.  It was taken in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    One of the best Sauvignon Blancs I have had, surprisingly Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2013

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    just ok; decent price but nothing outstanding Read More

    Wine review by noaer


  • Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2013

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    Black cherry on the nose and it donates the palate. Nice bit of acid to help balance but the lack of tannins leaves the impression of cherry cough syrup. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

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    Herbal salad aromas of green pepper and spinach with some green apple showing through as well. Crisp and tart in the mouth with the green note continuing and being joined by a bit of honeysuckle and lemon with a round honeydew melon note to finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2014

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    Wine review by manifestor


  • Cairnbrae Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012

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    amazing Read More

    Wine review by NewYorkersForDais


  • Giesen Riesling 2013

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    Light petrol and green apple aromas with some orange blossom. Melon and peach flavors are bordering on off-dry with some tangerine juice and pink grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Giesen Pinot Gris 2014

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    Peach and honey aromas are inviting and quite pronounced. Clean palate of sugared lemon, tart lemon and a tart acidity with a bit of a melon note coming through under the acidity which is quite fresh in the front of the mouth. The finish is a bit hot with a neutral wooded note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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