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Marlborough Wine Region

March 27th, 2009 | Posted by Davey in 12-New Zealand

Marlborough is NZ’s biggest, and one of the New World’s leading wine-producing areas (Lonely Planet).

We spent a full day touring and tasting and although driving felt rather tipsy by the end.  Around 106 wineries blanket the Wairau Plain around Blenheim and Renwick but we only managed to tour a few.  There was free wine tasting in all and complimentary cheese and biscuits in some. 

Apparently, the sunny days and nocturnal sea airs creeping in from Cloudy Bay create the perfect microclimate for cool-climate grapes: famous Sauvignon Blanc, plus gewurztraminer, riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir – can you tell it was copied from a tourist brochure.  Here’s some more brochure info for you wine lovers:

  • Marlborough has 106 wineries, 428 grape growers and 11,475 hectares in grape production.
  • Produces 113,000 tonnes of grapes a year.
  • The industry generates more than $400 million.
  • Contribution to the local economy in terms of flow on effects is more than $120 million.
  • In winter helicopters circle the crops regularly to circulate the air and to ward off frost.
  • Each vine needs about 10 litres of water per day when fully-grown and bearing fruit.
  • Some of the more famous wineries in the area include: Clowdy Bay, Montana, Matua and Isabel.

Driving through the area was nice, so very quite and peaceful but not not quite as picturesque as we were expecting.  We had imagined it to resemble the French or Italian wineries, but it wasn’t to be, but still a great day out!


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4 Responses

  • Tim says:

    Cloudy Bay is a favourite of the ladies in the Knight family. It is only imported into the UK in limited amounts to keep the price inflated.

  • Tim G says:

    Looks as good as France to me.
    A case of Cloudy Bay S-B is always welcome!

  • Del says:

    Our particular favorite was MONTANA! Did you manage to visit !? We too were fairly smashed by the end of the day (lucky we had a Chauffeur!)

  • Dazza says:

    I see from the last picture that you are still having problems with that anal prolapse – still all that wine will take your mind off it!

    Enjoy – still very envious.

    Off to the Algarve in June if you are in the vicinity :-)

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