Discover wine, fruit and seafood that is as unforgettable as the landscapes.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest and foremost wine growing region.
Wine and food is a key attraction for visitors to Marlborough, and with more than 120 wineries responsible for 76% of New Zealand’s total wine production, as well as great restaurants, boutique food producers, and amazing seafood, it’s easy to see why. With more than 90% of the country’s sauvignon blanc plantings, Marlborough is New Zealand’s (some say the world’s) sauvignon blanc capital. With robust aromas and crisp flavours of gooseberry and capsicum, this varietal has been a glittering success for New Zealand. However the region’s long-ripening season and stunning climate also provides the perfect environment for superb pinot noirs, methode traditionalle sparkling wines, aromatics and chardonnays.
Explore some of the 33 cellar doors ranging from well-known international wine brands to small boutique family producers. The boutique breweries Moa and Renaissance are also based in Marlborough, creating delicious craft beers to complement the region’s gourmet cuisine.
A range of experiences await you when visiting cellar doors, from close-up encounters with the rare New Zealand Native Falcon, to barrel tastings, sauvignon blanc masterclasses, and opportunities to create your very of blend of sauvignon blanc or pinot noir.
Lunch menus at favourites such as Allan Scott Wines, Brancott Estate Heritage Centre, Giesen Wines, Wairau River and Wither Hills feature local delicacies like smoked salmon, cheeses and wild game.
Talented chefs from New Zealand and around the world are drawn to Marlborough’s high quality ingredients and outdoor lifestyle. From fine dining and casual cafés to hearty fare in local bars and ethnic cuisine, there is something to satisfy every palate. The Hans Herzog winery and restaurant offers exquisite fine dining in the evening as well as a more relaxed dining for lunch and dinner in their bistro, prepared and served by Michelen-experienced kitchen and front-of-house staff. For something with the extra wow factor, they offer pre-dinner tours of their winery and barrel hall.
Arbour is a highly acclaimed restaurant that showcases local cuisine in a modern, relaxed environment near Marlborough Airport, 10 minutes from the Blenheim town centre.
Marlborough is renowned for its abundance of produce such as cherries, strawberries, apricots, herbs and vegetables – purchase at the farmers’ gate or at the Sunday Farmers’ Market. The Marlborough Sounds provide plentiful, succulent seafood: King (Chinook) salmon, scallops, crayfish, Greenshell™ Mussels, oysters, clams, blue cod and snapper, and these all feature on many local restaurant menus.
In Havelock and Picton, gateways to the Marlborough Sounds, seafood cruises provide the ultimate in seafood experiences, visiting salmon and mussel farms and tasting delicious fresh seafood matched with a glass of the region’s sauvignon blanc.