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The variety that put us onto the international stage is still a favourite with 90% of New Zealand sauvignon blanc coming from Marlborough. The dry fruity wine can be found all over the world and was Australians best selling white wine in 2011. If you are a not a fan of “Savvy” as the locals refer to it do not be alarmed there are many more varietals on offer in Marlborough; Pinot Noir, Aromatics and Chardonnay are all on offer at our wineries.
It is this variety that makes taking a Marlborough wine trail such an experience both for wine buffs and the novices who like most of us “enjoy a good drop”. There are over 40 cellar doors(wineries which are open to the public) for visitors to choose from so more than a day is required to really experience the Marlborough wine region. The cellar doors themselves range in size from the boutique family producers where every grape is picked by hand to internationally recognised brands. There is nothing like visiting the home of your favourite wine for a tasting, because just like wine tastes better in a glass it also tastes better from the winery.
No trip to Marlborough is complete without including lunch in a vineyard restaurant , good wine demands great food and we certainly deliver on both counts. The natural resources of the area do not stop at the vineyards, Marlborough Sounds seafood, wild game, stone fruit, olives and nuts are all in abundant supply on restaurant menus expertly matched with the wineries offerings.
After a day or three in the vineyards you are sure to leave fully satisfied with a few extra kilos of luggage clinking in your handbag which are sure to remind you of your Marlborough Vineyard holiday as you enjoy them back home.