With over 20,000ha under vine, Marlborough roughly produces two-thirds of New Zealand's total wine production and all thanks to Sauvignon Blanc which placed the country on the international stage by delivering a unique and aromatic wine that subjugated the world in the 1980s.
A perfect synergy combining a maximum number of dry, sunny days with cold nights, minimal rainfall, and fertile soils help create the ideal winegrowing conditions to produce genuinely unique wines, unlike anywhere else in the world.
The Maori refer to New Zealand as 'Aotearoa' - 'Land of the long white cloud,' and the Marlborough region as 'Kei puta te Wairau' – 'The place with the hole in the cloud.'
The Marlborough region was first planted in the 1870s, but only really took off some 100 years later when it exploded onto the world scene. Sauvignon Blanc is, without a doubt, the jewel in the region's crown accounting for over 86% of all its production, but don't overlook the other varieties that offer incredible quality.
Pinot Noir is no longer just an afterthought, as a lot of research has been going into selecting the best sites to showcase this noble grape, and the results really speak for themselves with some really complex and stunning wines hitting the market in recent years. You can also find some great Riesling and Pinot Gris, with Gruner Veltliner an up and comer worth keeping an eye out for.
The Marlborough offers some of the freshest and finest seafood that is highly sort-after by chefs throughout the world. Only a 20min drive brings you to the Marlborough Sounds where much of the seafood comes from, offers plenty of breathtaking views along its 1,500km coastline. Take a cruise or if you are a little more adventurous rent a kayak to head out and see all the whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds, or if you love your fishing, drop a line.
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