Marlborough: A food and wine paradise

The sunny maritime climate and pretty rivers, valleys and plains of Marlborough attract passionate winemakers and gourmet artisans.

Not surprisingly, the food and wine experiences on offer here are unlike anywhere else in the world.

At the very tip of the South Island, Marlborough is a part of New Zealand that’s home to pretty, emerald valleys, beautiful coastline and a high amount of sunshine hours. Vineyards rub shoulders with the edges of the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, their leafy vines dramatically contrasting with the lush forests that border them. Visitors to Marlborough can expect fresh, uncluttered cuisine; spectacular landscapes and some of the best wines New Zealand has to offer.

A bounty from the sea

Home to miles of pristine coastline, it’s no wonder that fresh seafood is a staple of any culinary experience in Marlborough. The fresh taste of blue cod, found in large numbers just off the coast, or a beautifully cooked fillet of locally-caught salmon makes for a delightful lunch. Marlborough is home to Havelock, a town claimed by locals to be the ‘Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World’. These large, succulent mussels can be found in many Marlborough restaurants, vineyards and cafes.

Taste the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand’s largest wine growing region, Marlborough’s unique blend of climate and terroir is well-suited for production of crisp, robust Sauvignon Blanc. See if you can detect the unique flavours of gooseberry and capsicum that set Marlborough Sav apart from the others. The region’s second most delicious varietal is Pinot Noir – richly flavoured and fragrant, this type of wine has also been an exciting success for Marlborough on the world stage.

Passionate artisans and uniquely wild food

Gourmet Marlborough cheese is a delicious delicacy in this part of the world. Local producers create both goat’s and cow’s cheese varieties – sometimes mixing the two – combining them with delicious herbs and production methods. Make sure you try wild venison or rabbit when you visit Marlborough; matched with a glass of local wine, they each make a delicious (and uniquely kiwi) culinary experience.

At MoaTrek, we’re passionate about New Zealand and we love showing the best parts of our country off to visitors. Many of our small group tours incorporate a winery tour and lunch in Marlborough – tasting the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc is a real highlight, as is the beautifully fresh local food. Enquire now, or find out more on our website.