Home to 90% of New Zealand's sauvignon blanc plantings, the Marlborough region is known as the sauvignon blanc capital.

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Wairau River Restaurant in autumn, Marlborough

Wine types produced in Marlborough

The vibrancy of flavour and aroma that distinguishes Marlborough's grapes is the result of a unique combination of soils, crisp nights and sun-kissed days across the region's vine-filled valleys, producing wines of unmatched intensity and aroma. 

With robust aromas and crisp flavours of gooseberry and capsicum, Marlborough sauvignon blanc has been a glittering success for New Zealand. The region has been producing wines since early pioneers recognised something special in the land and planted the first vineyards in the 1880's. 

Rich reds and vibrant pinot noir are also favourites from the Marlborough region, along with fragrant chardonnay and crisp riesling. 

A glass of Marlborough sauvignon blanc and fresh local seafood is a match made in heaven. 

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail 

Marlborough is part of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail(opens in new window), which is over 380 kilometres of cycle trails spanning over four wine regions and more than 100 cellar doors.

Having already enjoyed the wine trail in Hawke's Bay, Wellington and Wairarapa, take the Interislander(opens in new window) or Bluebridge ferries(opens in new window) from Wellington to Picton to begin the Marlborough section. 

Marlborough’s vast flat areas are also ideal for a gentle gourmet cycle tour. From the small township of Renwick(opens in new window), there are 30 great wineries within a 24 kilometre circuit. Hire a bike or bring your own. 

Marlborough Food and Wine Festival  

New Zealands longest running food and wine event, the annual Marlborough Food and Wine Festival takes place on the second Saturday in February.  

Showcasing the very best wines from over 30 local wineries, the event is the best way to indulge in Marlborough sauvignon blanc. As food trucks line up in Food Truck Alley, make your way through to sample gourmet street food creations from local cooks and established chefs. Talented musicians create the relaxing atmosphere the event is known for. 

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