Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough is the largest wine producing region in New Zealand, comprising 79% of New Zealand's total active wine production.

The region has been growing wine commercially since the 1970s.We even have our very own wine museum, housed at Marlborough Museum, in Blenheim.

The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development.

The region currently has 23,600 hectares of grapes.

These plantings are located within the Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley, and more recently the southern side valleys of the Wairau - Fairhall (the home of Wyebrook Estate), Hawkesbury and Waihopai.

Marlborough is not all about wine however. It is also a popular New Zealand holiday destination, and has a growing reputation for being a gourmet province.

It is home to the pristine Marlborough Sounds (pictured above, and right), and has classic New Zealand high country, lakes and rivers right in it's back yard. Its central town is Blenheim.

Come and see for yourself!

If you are interesting in visiting Blenheim / Marlborough, check out the Destination Marlborough website.