New Zealand | Marlborough
When the first Marlborough vines were planted in 1973 few people predicted that the region would become New Zealand's largest and best known wine-growing area in little more than 20 years.The distinctive pungency and zesty fruit flavours of the first wines captured the imagination of the country's winemakers and wine drinkers alike and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development.
Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc styles, has continued to fuel the regional wine boom. The free-draining, alluvial loam’s over gravelly sub-soils in the Wairau and Awatere River valleys provide ideal growing conditions. Abundant sunshine with cool nights and a long growing season helps to build and maintain the vibrant fruit flavours for which Marlborough is now world famous.
Sauvignon Blanc is the most planted grape variety and may be the star, but Marlborough has also earned an enviable reputation for Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines as well as a wide range of both white and red table wines.