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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

Allan Scott is one of the true pioneers and a name synonymous with New Zealand’s acclaimed Marlborough region. Allan along with wife Catherine founded the Allan Scott Family Winemakers label in 1990 and quickly became a household brand name in the highly competitive wine industry. Today Allan, Catherine and the entire family of Victoria, Joshua and Sara head up the production and marketing management of the company with a highly skilled operational team. The family produces a range of aromatic wines especially well suited to the region’s gravelly soils and sunny climate.

Astrolabe

Astrolabe is owned and operated by winemaker Simon Waghorn and his family in Marlborough, New Zealand. We choose to live and work in Marlborough because we think the grapes here are the best in the world. We source our fruit from diverse microclimates and soils, including limestone. Our growers live on their land and have a commitment and relationship with their land which reflects a respect for the natural environment within which they live and work. At Astrolabe Farm, our home vineyard, we practise organics, dry farm and are working on restoring natural waterways and expanding our composting initiative.

Auntsfield

Our Pinot Noir is grown on the steep hillsides of AUNTSFIELD- the original site of Marlborough’s first commercial vineyard and winery established in 1873. This historic vineyard has been re-established and now grows surrounded by native plantings, streams, wetlands and the resulting biodiversity. For 18 years Viticulturist and Winemaker Ben and Luc Cowley have lived on the vineyard amongst the vines with their families; for the brothers it is personal, it is their home, it is their life’s work, and it is as much about the past as it is about the future.

Blank Canvas

Blank Canvas, launched in 2013, is the pursuit of husband and wife team, Matt Thomson and Sophie Parker-Thomson. With 27 years’ winemaking experience in both Europe and New Zealand we are able to look holistically at the enormous potential New Zealand has with Pinot Noir. It allows us to bring the knowledge of Europe’s maturity; successfully marrying variety with site. We seek out special Pinot Noir sites of low-vigour for solely single vineyard expressions. We pursue elegance and perfume rather than size, while respecting expression of site. Using low toast oak ensures the profile is not obscured by sweet notes and remains true to terroir, while fermenting with a proportion of whole-cluster givens tannic complexity and longevity.

Brancott Estate

Since planting Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in 1975, Brancott Estate has crafted wines that reflect the land and express what nature provides.
We have always had an eye on the future, advocating sustainability across all aspects of the business. As a founding member of SWNZ, Brancott Estate continues to exceed the program’s accreditation requirements.
Believing we can create a positive impact beyond our vineyard boundaries, to date Brancott Estate has raised over half a million dollars for The Marlborough Falcon Trust, helping to ensure the ongoing survival of New Zealand’s native Karearea; and have partnered with Conservation Volunteers providing employee time and resources to regenerate Marlborough’s Para Wetland and enhance biodiversity.

Catalina Sounds

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

Certified organic and biodynamically farmed, Churton vineyard occupies a high hillside above the Waihopai Valley. Looking after our community through strong environmental ethics has always been the 25 year plan of the Weaver family. Jack and Ben, second generation, alongside Mandy and Sam, founders, create wines that on the one hand are fun and innovative and on the other seriously good, satisfying and intellectually stimulating. Churton tells the story of care, place and people.

Clos Henri

For the past 10 generations, our family has committed to reveal the expression of our place – heart and soul – in our village of Chavignol in Sancerre, France. This philosophy has grown into the thirst to discover a new place, one we could also call home, a land we would nurture to express Pinot Noir through the singularity of new soils. We found it here in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. We baptised it Clos Henri. We have set new roots in this land we feel empowered by. – The Bourgeois Family

Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay, founded in 1985 by David Hohnen, was one of Marlborough first wineries and often credited with putting New Zealand on the global wine map. David’s vision was to create wines that were expressive of their terroir and to always put quality at the heart of every decision. We feel a great responsibility to guard this legacy, believing that it is important to leave something of true value to the next generation – in terms of the wines, the vines, the brand and the land.

Corofin

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 Vineyard

Dog Point Vineyard is located at the confluence of the Brancott and Omaka Valleys in Marlborough and is one of the oldest privately established vineyards in the region.
With a hands-off approach to winemaking, all fruit is from hand-picked, and low cropped vines, producing a bright perfumed, supple expression of pinot noir from clay hill slopes.
We are the largest Biogro certified organic vineyard area in New Zealand. Our organic focus flows throughout the property with native bush, wetlands, pasture, beehives, walking tracks, orchard and vegetable gardens. This philosophy is about creating a healthy community and preserving the land for future generations.

Forrest Wines

Our second generation, family owned, winery and vineyards, situated amongst the alluvial river deposits of the Wairau River plains and the clays of the Southern Valleys offer wines with character, elegance and distinction.
Our core focus is always to pass this land to the next generation in a better state than we received it. To expose the soul of this land we focus on sustainable and organic practices, enhancing the vitality of the soils to express the very best of our terroir.

Framingham

We make wine by our own rules
We’re big believers in doing what you love. So when it comes to making wine, we just make wine that we ourselves want to drink.
We love aromatic styled wines to accompany food. And over the years, our Framingham range has grown with a strong tradition of winemaking for balance, texture and complexity.
By combining small batches of fruit from different parts of the vineyard, we build depth of flavour and texture. Our place is at 19 Conder’s Bend Road, in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough. Here we believe in restoring the balance on our organic vineyard.
We want to make quality wines for years to come. But not at the expense of the land.
We are a family-owned Sogrape company.

Fromm Winery

FROMM is an organic boutique winery, family owned in the heart of Marlborough.

Our philosophy places terroir over technology, and grape quality over quantity. We are dedicated to producing intense, concentrated wines.
All FROMM wines have an uncompromising emphasis on texture and drinkability. We carefully regulate crop size, follow organic principles and are committed to sustainable viticulture. We feel that to make great wines, we need to start with organically grown grapes.

Giesen

“From their first vintage in 1984, walking to their own tried and true beat, the three Giesen Brothers have always created great wines. A passion for Pinot drove Theo, Alex and Marcel to invest in two unique, organically farmed vineyard sites in Marlborough that produce truly World Class Pinot Noir. Clayvin and Ridge vineyards represent our Pinot Noir journey, our expression of the land, our Marlborough heritage and our Giesen family spirit. Join us on our journey”.

Greywacke

Kei puta te Wairau – The sun always finds a hole in the clouds in the Wairau.

The Wairau Valley is the home of Greywacke and in particular the wind-blown loess soils of the Southern Valleys, fundamental to the structure and style of Greywacke’s fragrantly aromatic pinot noir. Established in 2009, Greywacke’s philosophy is to honour the sunny, maritime climate utilising the indigenous vineyard microflora to create wines reflecting the uniqueness of this South Pacific land.

Isabel Estate

Isabel Estate is located just outside of Renwick Village in the Wairau Valley at the heart of Marlborough’s wine region. Here the art of winemaking is expressed with an infinite passion and a powerful sense of place.

We are one of the original wineries of the region, and remain true to our roots by creating exceptional, award winning wines that are 100 per cent estate-grown and estate-bottled.

With a belief that what is better for the environment is better for the wine made, we follow sustainable practices, with many of the blocks within Isabel Estate to be certified organic by vintage 2021.

Jackson Estate

Jackson Estate has been in the business for over 30 years. Handcrafting boutique Pinot Noir with elegance, finesse and longevity in our state-of-the-art winery, based in the world-renowned Marlborough growing region.

With total respect for our land and focusing on low cropping levels, small-batch fermentation, single vineyard fruits and minimal winemaking intervention, we continue to achieve incremental improvements year on year, in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way.

Jules Taylor Wines

Born in Marlborough the year the first vines were planted, Jules has literally grown up with the Marlborough wine industry. Deeply invested in the region and its grape-growing families, she has made some of Marlborough’s most successful wines.

Today Jules handcrafts a small yet feisty collection of wines in her own name, including the Jules Taylor Pinot Noir from the Southern Valley clay soils of Marlborough and the On The Quiet Single Vineyard Pinot Noir from organically grown grapes in the Wrekin Vineyard in the Brancott Valley.

These wines are great memories in a bottle, created with sunshine from Marlborough and love from Jules.

Lake Chalice

Family owned and operated Lake Chalice’s Pinot thrives at our Eyrie vineyard in Marlborough. The native Karearea, or falcon is proudly displayed on every bottle of Lake Chalice wine. We work with the Marlborough Falcon Trust to provide kaitiakitanga (guardianship & guidance) releasing the falcon back into wilderness on our vineyards. We take great pride in ensuring we take care and give back to our land as each parcel of wine is seen as a taonga, or gift, that we want to preserve for future generations.

Lawson's Dry Hills

Lawson’s Dry Hills has been on the Pinot Noir journey for 20 years, focusing on Marlborough’s southern valleys, particularly the beautiful Waihopai. We are starting to reap the rewards of site selection, vine age, careful custodianship and thoughtful winemaking to produce a range of expressive, high-quality Pinots that reflect their terroir. As pioneers within the New Zealand wine industry, we continue our journey with aspirations to take our place amongst the great kiwi Pinot producers.

Loveblock

Loveblock was forged from a love affair with a view for veteran vintners Erica and Kim.
Perched on top of the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, our Loveblock Farm is far removed from the agricultural bustle in the valley below.
We are charged with creating the best wine we can to express this extraordinary place, following our deeply held belief in integrated, organic farming to allow the wine to express its true and naked terroir.
Family Owned. Estate Grown. Sustainably Farmed.

Mahi

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.

Marisco Vineyards

Owned and operated by the Marris family, Marsico Vineyards is a 3rd generation wine company with their heart and soul firmly planted in the Waihopai Valley of Marlborough.
We believe in building a wine business for the generations to come – and with this comes a respect for the land that nurtures our vines and a sense of place that is reflected in the wine we produce.

Nautilus Estate

Family owned Nautilus Estate, established in 1985, has been at the vanguard of Pinot Noir winemaking in Marlborough for over twenty years, since crafting its first Pinot Noir in 1997. Today with mature Pinot Noir plantings, Nautilus is entirely focused on site selection and turangawaewae, “The place where I stand”. Years of experience working with specific parcels of fruit from different vineyards, has led to a deep understanding of the distinctive characteristics and potential of each site.

Rapaura Springs

Each bottle of Rapaura Springs tells the story of a lifetime. Of water and wine, and of generations of family working with nature. Our label depicts the rocky aquifer at our home vineyard in the heart of Marlborough, and the pristine springs that connects it to our land. We make exceptional wines that reflect our remarkable landscapes, pure waterways and passionate people. Sustainability is an important focus for us, and we are proud to be leading the way in waste water excellence and grape marc handling.

Rimapere

Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild wanted to capture the magic of New Zealand’s enchanting lands in order to create, in 2012, a 24-hectare haute-couture vineyard that sublimates its terroirs and grape varieties in the Marlborough region. The Rimapere vineyard is located in the Wairau Valley, where the splendid turquoise Wairau River flows. Four hectares are reserved for Pinot Noir, a delicate, subtle and aromatic wine.

Saint Clair Family Estate

Founded by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, who first began planting vines in Marlborough in 1978, the Saint Clair Family Estate is still proudly 100% family owned.

Our cherished Pinot Noir is grown in select areas in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys. Harnessed by our red winemakers Kyle Thompson and Chloe Gabrielson.

Saint Clair’s team proudly adopt a sustainable approach to winemaking; extending into our everyday lives. Our Green Team actively encourage all members of the Saint Clair whānau to live a minimal waste and eco friendly lifestyle.

Seresin Estate

Seresin Estate, located in Marlborough, NZ, was founded by Michael Seresin in 1992. Certified BioGro organic and biodynamically farmed, Seresin’s single estate wines hail from the clay and alluvial soils of the Raupo Creek Vineyard.

Wild yeast fermentation along with minimal intervention in the winery capturing the vineyard’s energy and vibrancy, making every bottle of Seresin a genuine reflection of its provenance.

Seresin, Wine of Passion, Grace & Spirit.

Spy Valley Wines

A family owned, award winning and sustainable winery hidden in the heart of Marlborough, one of the world’s purest wine regions. Several varieties are grown on 180 hectares of pristine low yield vineyards.
They share the valley with a satellite communication station that finds the terroir perfect for spying. But unlike the world of espionage, Spy Valley Wines has demanded global attention, where the wine has been called impossible to ignore.

Stoneleigh

Stoneleigh Vineyard is home to a small wonder of nature. Planted on what was once riverbed, Stoneleigh takes its name and its distinctive character from the stones that cover our vineyard; a wine style that is fresh, crisp and vibrant with a brightness of fruit expression.
Started by nature and finished by the talents of our winemaker, our philosophy of minimal intervention in the winery ensures nature’s influence shines through in each and every bottle.
Genuinely caring about our local environment, we have regenerated the Kaituna wetlands in Marlborough, clearing away introduced species and replacing them with native wetland flora to create a thriving habitat. We are already seeing the rich diversity that a functioning wetland ecosystem provides.

te Pā Family Vineyards

At te Pā, the land has been the backbone of our family for 800 years. It’s the heart of who we are and all that we do. We’d like you to share the sense of time, place and belonging: Welcome to te Pā.

Te Whare Ra Wines

Te Whare Ra (est 1979) is the oldest small winery in Marlborough and home to the oldest vines in the region. Owned & operated by winemakers Anna & Jason Flowerday and fully certified organic. She is an Aussie from McLaren Vale and he is a kiwi from Marlborough. They are both Pinot Noir obsessives who make their main blend from selected Southern Valleys sites and their home block – plus some outstanding single vineyard releases.

TerraVin Wines

TerraVin Wines began in the late 1990’s with a clear focus on growing and making premium Pinot Noir from Hillside vineyards. In mid 2015 TerraVin combined with another well-known and long established Marlborough producer – Highfield Estate. We are extremely proud that our fruit is sourced from our own vineyards, and that our wine is made and bottled in our own winery. What we grow, where and how we grow it, inspires all else that we do.

The Delta Wine Company

Founded in 2000 as a Pinot Noir Passion Project, Delta was established by three great wine gurus, who carefully selected a site in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys and planted a meticulously chosen range of Dijon clones on the old Delta Farm slopes.
Believing this land had the elements required to produce honest, expressive and distinct Pinot Noir, Delta continues to strive to offer great New Zealand Pinot Noir with a true sense of provenance, in honour of the land.
Now under the guiding hand of the Ibbotson family, our whānau actively pursue sustainable living in all areas of our lifestyles.

Tohu Wines

We are the world’s first Māori owned wine company. Since 1998, we have focused on producing estate grown, single vineyard wines from New Zealand’s premier grape growing regions.

Our wine making philosophy is to produce wines with minimal intervention that best reflect our land. Our respect for the land, embodied by our Sustainable Certified Vineyards, has rewarded us with an exceptional range of New Zealand Wines. Each one a gift from the land for you to enjoy.

Two Rivers

Family owned and operated, David Clouston heads our team with his bold approach to winemaking and his desire to push boundaries. David grew up alongside Marlborough’s Awatere River and holds a deep connection to the land. He now lives close to the Wairau River, where he has made his home and his mark on the wine industry. Our pinot noir comes exclusively from the elevated, north west facing, cold clay soils of our high density planted Brookby Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys. We are embarking on organic conversion and have increased biodiversity with native plantings. We want our small town to boom and give back by supporting local schools and community groups including Ronald McDonald House, Life Flight and Plunket.

Villa Maria Estate

In 1961, George Fistonich leased an acre of vines from his father in Auckland and it was here that Villa Maria was born. Our uncompromising commitment to quality, focus on our people, and sustainable practices are a few of the reasons why we’re New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery. Pinot Noir has played a huge part in our success, allowing our winemakers to experiment and produce diverse Pinot Noir thanks to the unique terroir in Marlborough.

Whitehaven Wine Company

Established in 1994 Whitehaven Wine Company is a family owned and operated company. The company’s winemaking philosophy is centered on the pursuit of quality without compromise. With vineyards in all three of Marlborough’s sub-regions Whitehaven uses Marlborough’s exceptional terroir to produce premium wines from 100% Marlborough fruit.

Sustainability is a part of our ethos as a company and three pillars of sustainability guide our approach to sustainability in the areas of people, planet and performance.

Wither Hills

Taking our name from the landmark Wither Hills range that borders our vineyards, our philosophy is founded on the belief that the finest wines are created from exceptional vineyards, representing their sense of place.
Having celebrated 25 years in 2019, we have a strong sense of where we have come from, with an ongoing passion for sustainable craft shaping what we do and who we are going forward.

Yealands Estate

Our coastal vineyard in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough inspires our wine. So close to the ocean that our vines are often misted with sea spray. The beauty of our vineyard and environment influences how we craft our wine, respectful of nature and our land. Yealands are proud leaders in sustainable winemaking bringing consumers beautifully crafted and award-winning wines.
All our wines are 100% vegan friendly.

Zephyr

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 organically farmed estate vineyards in the Dillon’s Point sub-region. The Glover family vineyards, planted in 1985 alongside the meandering Opaoa River, have inspired the family’s passion for wine. Pinot Noir is a personal project for Ben Glover – Owner/Winemaker; thus conveying a unique sense of place and space stimulating family expression.