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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.

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.

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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Astrolabe Wines was established by a group of friends in 1996, as Simon Waghorn’s own label. Astrolabe produces a range of wines that express the purity and intensity of fruit flavours naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough. All grapes are sourced from unique Marlborough sites, carefully chosen to add complexity and completeness in the wines. Simon’s skill and accumulated experience capture the essence of Marlborough in wines of purity, focus and elegance.
The small Blind River vineyard is in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. It occupies a sheltered spot at the foot of gentle, rolling hills overlooking the picturesque valley floor. Planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the soils are deep, stony clay with seams of free-draining, clay-mixed gravels on river terraces. The vineyard is split into blocks with each treated separately and the corresponding wines individually handmade, ready for blending to achieve the ultimate Blind River style.

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.

Based at our Sound of White vineyard in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley, Catalina Sounds pays homage to New Zealand’s famous and largest war bird, the Catalina, which played a critical role during and after World War II. At Catalina Sounds we draw inspiration for our wines from these graceful, unique flying boats and the respect they garner throughout the world. Our philosophy is focussed upon creating wines of great honesty and purity whilst also incorporating subtle texture and complexity.

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

Nestled under the southern foothills of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Clos Henri Vineyard is organically farmed by the famous Sancerre winegrowing family of Henri Bourgeois.
Gathering 10 generations of know-how with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the family uses the best of French and New World winegrowing techniques. Clos Henri Vineyard captures the essence of Marlborough’s intense character from its three different soil types and reveals the identity of its unique terroir.
Clearly a very small vineyard by NZ standard. Committed to create unique, age-worthy wines, Marguerite and Jean-Charles grow their fruit on narrowly spaced rows of manicured vines. Handpicked, the grapes are crushed in the onsite gravity-fed winery. The resulting wines are a true reflection of the terroir, producing subtle yet intense, food-driven styles. The name refers to this “enclosed” and all-inclusive wine-growing concept.
In 1985, Cloudy Bay captivated the wine world with its fresh, aromatic and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc. The estate continues its drive for excellence in the Marlborough region and, since 2010, in Central Otago with powerful Pinot Noirs. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by both sites.

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

Dog Point is a small family owned label located at the confluence of Marlborough’s Brancott and Omaka Valleys, producing regionally distinctive wines with a point of difference. All fruit is estate grown, low cropped and handpicked. Winemaking techniques combine both modern and traditional approaches, producing hand crafted, high quality wines that will age respectably. The company produces four wines from three varieties; two styles of Sauvignon Blanc, one of which is barrel aged, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir.

Esk Valley Estate

Founded in 1933 Esk Valley Estate is one of the oldest and most historic of Hawkes Bay’s wineries. The Estate is nestled into a small vine filled valley enjoying panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean. Esk Valley’s wines have been at the forefront of New Zealand wines since 1986 and have lead the way in creating many new wine styles, evidenced by the introduction of a Merlot in 1989, Malbec to our blend in 1992 and Verdelho in 2002.
Doctors John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest Wines; a small, ‘hands-on’ producer of premium quality wine. Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine, they returned to Marlborough in 1988 to establish their first vineyard.
Grape growing and winemaking is an exacting science, however it must have the artistic touch to give the wine’s ‘soul’. That individual expression of style is the trademark of our wines – rich aromatic white wine, and powerfully scented reds.
Framingham estate was planted in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley in 1980. The first wines were made under the Framingham label in 1994. Taking fruit from both our own estate vineyard and selected sites nearby, we make a range of expressive and individual wines with a strong tradition of winemaking for balance, texture and complexity.
Fromm Winery was founded in 1992 by Georg Fromm, a fifth generation Swiss grape grower and winemaker. Georg’s European viticultural practices and ideals are still carried on in the vineyards today. Fromm Winery prides itself on making dense, concentrated wines of great authenticity, purity, and balance. Fromm has built a reputation as one of New Zealand’s top wine producers. The Winery is also fully certified organic.
Giesen believe in Marlborough Pinot Noir. Their hands-on viticulture in the organic Clayvin and Ridge Vineyards creates wines that tell the story of terroir. Pinot Noir in these iconic vineyards has multiple root stocks, different soil, elevation, aspect and water. Giesens Single Vineyard Pinot Noir reflects these differences. Meticulous viticultural practice is supported by hands off winemaking that allows the wine to speak of place. This precision ensures Giesen Single Vineyard Pinot Noir are wines of texture that articulate their origin.
Named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock, Greywacke (pron. Greywacky) is the personal venture of Kevin Judd, whose career is intrinsically linked with the global profile of NZ wine. Sourcing prime organically farmed fruit from mature hillside vineyards in the Southern Valleys, the greywacke team use low-intervention winemaking to create pinot noir hallmarked by its fragrance, concentration and individuality. Kevin’s signature vineyard photographs provide the unmistakable identity of the Greywacke range – the synthesis of his dual passions.

Hans Herzog Estate

As the name suggests, Hans Herzog’s roots lie in Switzerland where the family has grown wine since 1630. Now nestled in the heart of Marlborough, Han Herzog’s craft from vine to wine takes place organically, onsite with minimal intervention. With an eclectic array of 29 different grape varieties, Hans has adopted an experimentalist stance, producing highly acclaimed, low yielding, age worthy wines on his 11.5 hectare vineyard. All for the love of wine, naturally.

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

Tohu Wines is the world’s first and most recognised Māori owned wine company. Our winemaking philosophy is to create wines that capture the flavours of each region’s unique landscapes, whilst upholding respect and protection of the land for future generations. Our vineyards are certified Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, and we see this as an integral part of our values, working with the environment without compromising quality and integrity.

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

Mahi is a relatively small Marlborough winery with a focus on single vineyard wines to show the diversity of the region. Aiming at subtle, textural and complex wines by messing around with the grapes as little as possible, we work with great growers, utilise lots of hand-picking, sorting and wild ferments to help achieve this. An excellent team of wine-loving staff and vintage crew continue to inspire.
Established in 1985, Nautilus Estate is a small, family-owned, pioneering winery in the stunningly beautiful Marlborough region. Nautilus is one of the few in the region that has remained under the same family ownership for over thirty vintages. An enthusiastic and innovative team led by winemaker Clive Jones combine characterful vineyard plots with state-of-the-art facilities to craft expressive, textural, long-lived wines that are designed to be enjoyed with good food and good company.

Saint Clair Family Estate

Founders Neal and Judy Ibbotson have been growing grapes in Marlborough since 1978. Desire for knowledge and an aim of producing the highest quality has led to harvesting grapes from selected vineyards in many sub-regions of Marlborough. The ability to grow the best grapes on the best sites combined with open minded viticulture and winemaking practices has assisted with cementing the reputation of the family owned winery as being a leading New Zealand wine producer.

Seresin Estate

Founded in 1992 by cinematographer Michael Seresin, Seresin Estate has been farmed organically since 1994 and has operated under 100% biodynamic principals since 2006. The vines are hand-tended and encouraged to have an inner strength to counter disease and pests. The fruit is hand-picked and naturally fermented, with a minimum of intervention. This allows us to create wines that are expressive, complex and unique – just like the handprint that you’ll see on the label.

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

At Staete Landt we produce wine for the top end of the market, which is the segment of exclusive and (super) premium wines. With our team of passionate wine people we are highly committed to our land, our soils, our vines and our wines. We believe the best wines are wines with personality, texture, complexity and great balance. This is what we aim to achieve in our vineyard and in our wines.
What was once an ancient stony riverbed has, over time, become much more. The distinctive stone-studded Rapaura soils of our vineyards create a wine style that is fresh, crisp and vibrant – the flavour of Stoneleigh. Started by nature and finished by the talents of the Stoneleigh winemakers, our philosophy of minimum intervention in the winery ensures that the vibrant flavours of Stoneleigh are captured in each and every bottle.

Te Whare Ra Wines

Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a small, organic-certified vineyard and winery located in the Marlborough sub-region of Renwick. The 11Ha vineyard was first established in 1979, and is owned by winemakers Anna & Jason Flowerday. We want our wines to express their place – to speak of a “somewhere-ness” rather than of a “same-ness”. This is achieved with a blend of old and new world winemaking and a hands-on approach in both the vineyard and winery.

TerraVin Wines

TerraVin is a Marlborough winery with a dedicated focus on growing and making world class hillside Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The TerraVin Hillside Vineyard is a gently sloping north facing vineyard on the back of the Southern Wither Hills. It has a unique maritime microclimate that delivers exceptionally elegant pinot noir. The vineyard is afforded expression through low yields, hands on viticulture and wine maker Gordon Ritchie’s intuitive approach.

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

Sir George Fistonich, owner and founder of Villa Maria since 1961. Our 100% New Zealand owned family heritage drives Villa Maria’s passion to produce quality wines with minimal impact on the environment. Our continual improvement philosophy, astute site selection, superior vineyard management complemented by expert winemaking established Villa Maria as New Zealand’s most awarded winery for the past 30 years, and recently as the 4th most admired wine company in the world (Drinks International, 2015).

Wither Hills Vineyards

Established in 1994, with vineyards strategically sited throughout Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Wither Hills has always been dedicated to the philosophy that exceptional wines are created in the vineyard.
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.

The name Zephyr characterises the prevailing wind that complements Marlborough’s unique ripening season. Zephyr wines embrace the dynamic spirit of the Glover family and the lively aromatics of the estate vineyards in the Dillon’s Point sub-region. The Glover family vineyards, planted in 1985 alongside the meandering Opawa River, have inspired the family’s passion for wine. This is a personal project for Ben Glover; winemaker, wine judge and enthusiastic Pinot Noir drinker.