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Marlborough Wine Region

Listed under Wine Regions in South Island, New Zealand.

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Tucked in between high mountains, the cool pebbly plains around Blenheim are where more than half of New Zealand's wine vines are reared, most famously those crisp, lemongrassy, citrus nosed Sauvignon Blancs and smooth Pinot Noirs. The ripening season here is long, sunny and cool and also suits Chardonnay and Riesling grapes which develop a zest to them not common to other regions, from the acid the grapes retain in the cold night air.

Gourmet food to match the world class wines has been the latest addition to Marlborough and several of the 60+ wineries in the region have invested in a restaurant addition to their cellar. The town of Blenheim has been transformed into a mini wine fuelled metropolis as tour companies, grape growers, wineries and hotels and restaurants make their names off the regions famous beverages.

Now synonymous with Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, Cloudy Bay is probably the region's best known producer internationally, but look out for lesser known premium producers Fromm, Wither Hills and Vavasour and better known popular producers Montana, Jackson Estate and Saint Clair (who make some great Pinot Noirs.). Expect to taste a lot of Sauvignon Blancs.

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Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

Other expert and press reviews

“New Zealand's vineyards: Five to visit”

Wine expert Robert Joseph picks five of New Zealand's most enticing vineyards, from Auckland to Otago. Read more...

Written by press. Daily Telegraph 26/06/2008

“Let the good vines roll in New Zealand”

By Raymond Whitaker for The Independent. First published 16th November 2008. There is no more sublime way to travel than in a hot-air balloon, I thought, as we drifted towards the town of Martinborough, on New Zealand's North Island. But to the sheep m… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Independent, 16th November 2008

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