Marlborough Wineries

Marlborough Wines are renowned for international awards and class distinctions.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is internationally known for its unique identity. It offers an explosion of zesty tropical fruits, with a subtle balance of freshness and robustness.

Chardonnay of Marlborough is usually more dry and light than elsewhere in New Zealand.Its dominant aromas are melon, butter and citrus.

Rieslings of the highest quality can also be found in Marlborough, however in small production volumes.

Marlborough is also known for its sparkling wines, made using traditional methods of Champagne.

The majority of Marlborough's extensive vineyard plantings are around Renwick, Blenheim, and Cloudy Bay in the Wairau valley. Further south in the Awatere valley are plantings near Seddon. These are for the most part on old terraces of the Wairau and Awatere rivers.

The area is widely considered by many critics to produce the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. One wine critic said that “no other region in the world can match Marlborough, the northeastern corner of New Zealand's South Island, which seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sauvignon blanc grapes.” Hunters Wines, Cloudy Bay Vineyards, Saint Clair Estate Winery and Grove Mill are notable vineyards in the region.

Also important is the production of Methode Traditionelle sparkling wines, particularly near Renwick, from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Marlborough Vineyards Directory