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Marlborough

New Zealand
Top Subregions: MarlboroughAwatere ValleyWairau Valley

Region Description

Marlborough is a wine region located in the northeast corner of New Zealand's South Island. It is the country's largest and most important wine-producing region, accounting for over 75% of the nation's total wine production. With its unique combination of geography, climate, and soil, Marlborough has become a world-renowned producer of high-quality wines. Marlborough's wine industry began in the 1970s, when the first vineyards were planted in the region. Since then, the region has seen tremendous growth, with the number of vineyards increasing from just a handful in the 1970s to over 600 today. Marlborough's wines have become increasingly popular around the world, and the region now produces some of the most sought-after wines in the world.

Beautiful landscape of Marlborough wine region

Grapes & Wine Styles

Marlborough is best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, which is the region's signature grape variety. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is known for its intense aromas and flavors of citrus, passionfruit, and herbs. The region also produces a wide range of other wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Gris.

Notable Producers

Marlborough is home to some of the world's most renowned wineries, including Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, and Clos Henri.

Fun Fact about Marlborough
Müller-Thurgau was the most planted variety in Marlborough in the 1970s. After it was recognized that Sauvignon Blanc provided the better quality, the vineyards were converted.

Top Wines from Marlborough

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Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Maria

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Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc is a premium wine produced by Villa Maria, one of New Zealand's most awarded wineries. This wine is made from grapes grown in the Marlborough region, known for its unique terroir and ideal growing conditions for Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are carefully managed to ensure the grapes reach optimal ripeness and flavor development. The winemaking process involves gentle pressing and cool fermentation to preserve the wine's vibrant fruit flavors and aromas. The resulting wine is crisp, refreshing, and bursting with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and herbs.
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$12.99
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Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Brancott Estate

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The Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a bright and refreshing white wine from New Zealand. It has aromas of citrus fruits, melon, and fresh herbs, followed by a crisp, zesty palate with a lively acidity. On the palate, there are flavors of green apple, lemon, and gooseberry, with a hint of minerality on the finish. This is a perfect wine for a summer day, with its light body and balanced acidity. Enjoy with fresh seafood, salads, and white meats.
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$11.25
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Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Oyster Bay

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Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an aromatic white wine from New Zealand. It has a vibrant nose of ripe tropical fruit, citrus, and lemongrass, with a hint of fresh herbs. On the palate, it is crisp and light-bodied, with flavors of guava, passionfruit, and lime, balanced by a zesty acidity. The finish is long and refreshing, with a hint of minerality. Overall, Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant and refreshing wine, perfect for enjoying on a warm summer day.
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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Kim Crawford

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp and refreshing white wine. It has a vibrant aroma of citrus, passionfruit and a hint of tropical fruits. The palate is light-bodied and zesty, with a juicy acidity that lingers on the finish. Notes of lime, lemon zest, tropical fruits and herbal nuances are balanced by a touch of minerality. This is a perfect wine for sipping on a summer day or for enjoying with a light seafood dish.
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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Cloudy Bay

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This Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a classic New Zealand white wine with a vibrant and zesty character. It has intense aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit, along with subtle notes of herbaceousness and mineral. On the palate, it is crisp and refreshing, with a juicy acidity and a dry, mineral-driven finish. Perfect for pairing with seafood, this Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent choice for any occasion.
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