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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Highfield Estate

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

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Marlborough on Snooth

  • Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Light and citrusy. Would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Fire Road Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2016

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    Blending a good wine with moments in the stainless and later the oak may be an effort at brightness but for me with a Pinot Noir it would probably be in the wines best interest to languish in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc Petit Clos 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Brancott Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the local supermarket where it was on special offer for £5. It is from an area at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island.I started it last night with my supper of fish cakes It is a dry wine.There is plenty of a melon.elderflower and gooseberry style fruit.This had plenty of flavour and was a good match ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos Henri Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Light and fruity Read More

    Wine review by ejbelair


  • Sea Pearl Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017

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    Melon flesh and citrus pith notes on the nose - mellow and grassy with green apple and pear. Fresh, easy drinking and flavorful - simple warm fruit flavors of lemon and a stony finish of slate and sea spray. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Three Paddles Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

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    Melon, lemon and lime on the nose with a bit of grass alongside the fruit. Tart and fresh flavors of lime zest and grapefruit on the palate with honeydew melon towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The Horologist Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Prophecy High Priestess Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

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    Green melon, green apple and pear aromas with a juicy peach note. Continues with a green palate of light garden herbs, lime zest and tart green melon, finishing light and quick with a hint of sea breeze and more apple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Where can I buy Oyster Bay Sauvignon blanc in Indianapolis?

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  • Just spent 7 days in marlborough for the 2010 wine festival and a bit of winery touring. It was absolutely wonderful...if you can ever get there...go!

    Comment by 392354williamduensing 392354 williamduensing


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