Wine success for Blenheim - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Blenheim

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Blenheim in the Video tab.

The Wairau River dominates the plains around Blenheim – and its waters have sometimes flooded the town. But it is also the source of the free-draining stony soils that have proved ideal for growing grapes for wine, leading to international success for Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Over 20,000 hectares of the region are planted in vineyards.

Related web links:
Marlborough region: the grape revolution
Kevin Judd with Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit