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
Savoury – grilled mushrooms
Sweet – fig and ricotta tart
Savoury – tagliatelle with peas and feta
Sweet – lemon syrup cake