Marlborough, New Zealand
As New Zealand's largest wine region, Marlborough is the crown jewel of the New Zealand wine industry. While other areas can rightfully take pride in their growing reputations, it is Marlborough that has gained New Zealand a permanent place on centre stage with the world's top wine producers.
About a quarter century ago, commercial plantings were started; some astute growers recognised the ideal conditions for Sauvignon Blanc and by the 1990's, Marlborough was rewriting the book for that variety.
The free-draining, alluvial loams over gravelly subsoils in the Wairau and Awatere River valleys provide ideal growing conditions. Abundant sunshine with cool nights and a long growing season helps to build and maintain the vibrant fruit flavours for which Marlborough is now world-famous.
Sauvignon Blanc is the most planted grape variety; Chardonnay second, followed by Pinot Noir, Riesling and Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines.