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Related grapes
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Wineries in this region
Marlborough The Marlborough wine region is located on the north-eastern edge of the South Island of New Zealand. Within this region two distinct sub-regions can be identified; the Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley. With 40% of the nation's vineyards, Marlborough has become especially famous for producing Sauvignon Blancs. The other important varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling and more and more Pinot Noir. Of the region's four thousand hectares of grapes (half the national crop), one third are planted in Sauvignon Blanc with the remainder in mainly Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Marlborough vines were first planted in 1973 and while no one predicted it would become New Zealand's largest wine producing region, the unique and distinctive style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has put the region very firmly on the wine map of the world. The climate with plenty of sunshine and cool nights together with a long growing season is perfect for growing quality grapes. This coupled with free-draining, alluvial loam over gravelly subsoils give the vines ideal growing conditions.

Surface: 9750 ha.

Alluvial loam and gravel. Soil types vary from free draining, silty, stony loams to very fine silts which can contain clay.
Alluvial Gravel Loam

The province of Marlborough is blessed with the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand: more than 2400 sunshine hours per annum. The nights are cool.

Hot summers Cool nights