Wine Varieties

Marlborough is the largest wine region in NZ. It has a cool climate, but high sunshine hours. When combined with the low rainfall and stony, free-draining soils, that produces a range of stunning wines.

Marlborough is best known around the world for its Sauvignon Blanc, but it is increasingly also  known for its Pinot Noir. Most wineries will produce a combination of varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc 

It is pretty hard to find a bad Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough, so we recommend staying long enough to work your way through all of them!  Over the past 30 years the industry has matured and the vineyard area expanded, so there are now some distinctive flavour variations being produced by the different sub-regions.


Marlborough makes beautiful Chardonnay, which tends to be more fruit led and lightly oaked than traditional for the variety. The region produces a range of styles,so you are sure to find one that suits.

Pinot Noir

If you are travelling through NZ’s wine regions,then follow the change in the Pinot Noir as you move down the country. Each region has a quite distinctive style, and Marlborough produces some really stunning Pinots full of plum and cherry lfavours.


Marlborough's most commonly found aromatics are Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. Most wineries in the valley will produce at least one aromatic and the styles vary greatly.  The Rieslings are divine and range in style from dry to sweet, so there will be a style for you. Make sure you try a NZ Pinot Gris, which is not to be confused with the Pinot Grigio you may have tried at home. Our Pinot Gris is a fruity and beautifully textured wine.