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Spotlight on: Marlborough wines

The Marlborough region is famous throughout the world for its award-winning wines, but what is it that makes this spot so special?

New Zealand’s largest wine region, Marlborough, helped put the country on the international wine map in the 1980s with its sauvignon blanc. While sauvignon blanc is still the most widely planted variety in the area, these days Marlborough is also celebrated for its pinot noir and chardonnay. Most of Marlborough’s vineyards lie in either the Wairau Valley or the Awatere valley, which are adjacent areas with contrasting climates making for diverse and interesting grape growing.


Long sunny days with unique cool afternoon breezes

Best known for 

Stone-fruity pinot noir, iconic sauvignon blanc and citrusy chardonnay

Food-pairing ideas

Pinot noir

Savoury – grilled mushrooms

Sweet – fig and ricotta tart

fig tart, marlborough, wine


Savoury – tagliatelle with peas and feta

pasta, marlborough, wine

Sweet – lemon syrup cake

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