Allan Scott is one of the true pioneers and a name synonymous with New Zealand’s acclaimed Marlborough region. Located on Jackson’s Road, Marlborough surrounded by 80 hectares of premium vineyards, Allan along with wife Catherine founded the Allan Scott Family Winemakers label in 1990 quickly becoming a household brand name in the highly competitive wine industry. Today the entire family are involved heading up the production and marketing management of the company with a highly skilled operational team.
In Marlborough, Pinot Noir was for many years a secondary consideration to Sauvignon Blanc. The first plantings of the variety in Marlborough took place as far back as 1973, though for the next 20-plus years most of the Pinot Noir fruit grown in the region was used to make sparkling wine.
Serious growth began after 2000. Over the first decade of the new millennium, Pinot Noir plantings expanded four-fold to cover 2000ha while the sparkling wine share as a percentage receded. Today the total area of Pinot Noir in Marlborough covers 2,669ha, the most of any region.
Marlborough is well-endowed from a grape growing perspective. The Richmond Ranges to the north keep out the rain carried by the prevailing nor’westerly winds. The Wither Hills to the south offer protection from the cold southerlies. While the summer temperatures are warm, they are not overly so and there is pronounced diurnal variation. The result is a long, unrushed growing season, perfect for Pinot Noir.
Much of the region’s Pinot Noir is planted on the low-vigour clay soils on the southern side of the Wairau Valley, which imbues the wines with colour and fleshiness. The Pinots grown in the neighbouring Awatere Valley, which is cooler and drier and where the soils are prominently stony alluvial, lean towards lighter, more vibrant styles.
There will always be Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. But a potent Pinot culture has established itself in the region and is now also a confident force on the national scene.
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Wines that reflect the purity from the place they come from.
Ara defines our philosophy. It is Māori for pathway and captures our journey and connection with our Marlborough home. Sitting on the edge of the world Marlborough’s extreme climate can present challenges. However, our winemaking and viticulture teams embrace challenge –and use it to create intensely flavoured wines that illustrate our ‘Ara’ or path on the edge of the world.
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Brancott Estate is the pioneer of the Marlborough winegrowing region, planting the first Sauvignon Blanc vines on Brancott Vineyard and creating the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, now one of the world’s favourite wine styles. As well as exploring new expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, we also pioneered Marlborough Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Gris. Brancott Estate wines are crafted by determined, passionate winemakers, supported by talented viticulturists who nurture and sustain our precious vineyards.
Churton was established in 1997 by Sam and Mandy Weaver.From site selection and bio-dynamic practices through tolow intervention winemaking, Churton produces exceptional terroir driven wines.
Churton is a 22 hectare single vineyard and encompasses an undulating ridge line between the Omaka and Waihopai valleys in Marlborough, New Zealand.Dedicated to producing just four varietals (sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, viognier and petit manseng), the Churton vineyard in composed of 18 singular blocks each with its own unique aspect and topography.
Clos Henri Vineyard
Corofin is the artisan winemaking project of Mike and Anna Paterson, which evolved to tell the story of some pretty special Marlborough Pinot sites. It has become a collaboration with farmers whose vineyards have and will produce fruit that acts as a beacon of individual terroir. The hope with all Corofin wines is to transmit a sense of place and season first, over fruit intensity or winemaking ambition.
Dog Point Vineyards
Esk Valley Estate
Hans Herzog Estate
As modern pioneers, Jackson Estate has been in the business for over 25 years, quietly getting on with hand crafting premium wines with elegance, finesse and longevity.
With total respect for our land and focussing on low cropping levels, small batch fermentation, single vineyard fruits and minimal winemaking intervention, we strive to achieve incremental improvements year on year, in a sustainably responsible way.
We remain 100 percent kiwi-owned and are staying put on our perfectly balanced soils, growing our beautifully mature vines in this incredible Marlborough climate.
Jules Taylor Wines
You can’t have a wine label named Jules Taylor without having a Jules Taylor. Jules is the eponymous winemaker, the dreamer, the motivator and godmother to several hundred thousand little grapes. Born and bred Marlburian, Jules has seen the transformation that the wine industry brought to the region and with this life long association she brings to her winemaking an intimate understanding of the interplay between the grape and Marlborough’s variety of climates and soils.
Kono Beverages - Tohu Wines
Lawson's Dry Hills
Hills, who from a humble, yet pioneering start over 20 years ago, create today’s a range of world-class wines.
We live and breathe every part of the process with our hands-on, sustainable approach, from nurturing the grapes in our vineyards through to every aspect of the winemaking process.
We talk, we taste and we talk some more, pouring our shared inspiration into every bottle. And with the global awards we receive every year, this collaborative and inquiring approach seems to make quite a difference.
Left Field - Te Awa Collection
Our whimsical approach to exploration, creativity and imagination is embodied in Left Field Wines. It is the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and wonderful. Winemaker: Richard Painter
Saint Clair Family Estate
Spy Valley Wines
New Zealand, family owned winery ‘Spy Valley’ has derived its name from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley – a spy base. Nine varieties of grapes are grown over 400 acres to produce premium fruit for Spy Valley Wines. Unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley’s wine has demanded global attention, the wine has been called “impossible to ignore” and the company “among the planet’s 20 most notable new producers.”
Staete Landt Wine Company Limited
Te Whare Ra Wines
Two Rivers of Marlborough
Established in 2004, Two Rivers of Marlborough takes its name from the iconic rivers that feed Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere Valleys.
Winemaker, David Clouston, selects the finest parcels of fruit from the banks of the Wairau and the Awatere rivers to craft his wines to express the different microclimates unique to these two rivers.
The aim at Two Rivers is to capture and emphasise Marlborough’s intense power, while producing complex, elegant wines with a slight European flair.
In 1888 Anthony Joseph Vidal arrived in New Zealand as one of the first winemakers to appreciate the natural potential of Hawkes Bay. He established Vidal Estate in 1905 and his commitment to crafting classic, elegant wines remains an inspiration to this day.
Today’s Vidal Estate winemaker, Hugh Crichton has two key philosophies; minimal intervention allowing transparency of vineyard and vintage to bottle and the pursuit of “food friendly” wines exhibiting balance, concentration and elegance.
Villa Maria Estate
Wither Hills Vineyards
Named after the southern landmark range of Wither Hills that border our vineyards, our focused, hands-on approach to winegrowing allows us to make a range of wines that reflect our passion for the ‘place where we stand’.
Yealands Family Wines
By 08.08.08, through a bold vision and a capacity for sheer hard work that few could comprehend, Peter Yealands was standing alongside his world-leading carboNZero CertTM Yealands Estate winery with his sights firmly set upon becoming the world’s most sustainable wine producer. Combining the very latest cutting-edge green technology and highly innovative thinking, the Yealands name has quickly became synonymous with a passion for crafting ultra-premium wines in the most environmentally-friendly manner.