Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine region and has over 40 cellar doors. While every single one of them is worth visiting we have highlighed a few of our favourites.
Seresin Estate Winery
Small, boutique, organic and biodynamic with a small intimate cellar door. Try their stunning selection of wines and their estate grown olive oils. Great views to the mountains.
The Reisling is the flagship for this wonderful range of wines. Sample the Montepulciano for something different. In Spring and summer their walled garden will be in bloom and it is perfect place to just sit and enjoy.
Another small but perfectly formed Marlborough winery with a fabulous selection of wines. Try their range of Pinot Noir.
Wairau River Winery
A family owned winery where the entire family are involved in running the different aspects of the business. Their cellar door is part of the winery restaurant. Try the viognier for something different.
Te Whare Ra
When you visit the Te Whare Ra cellar door it is highly likely you will get to meet one of the owners, Jason or Anna. They are passionate about what they do and the biodynamic wines they are producing. Try their delicious “Toru “wine which is a blend of aromatics.
Forrest Estate Winery
Home of the Forrest Estate Grape Ride. This winery has vineyards throughout NZ so here you can get to try a range of wines from a variety of regions.
Cloudy Bay Winery
One of NZ’s best known wineries. No visit to Cloudy Bay would be complete without trying the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.Their Te Koko is a unique and delicious wine.
Another of Marlborough’s well known family wineries. Visit their cellar door or dine in their winery restaurant. Try the Cecilia Methode Traditionelle at the cellar door.
No 1 Family Estate
The Le Brun family come from 12 generations of French winemakers from Champagne, France so when it comes to Methode Traditionelle they know what they are doing.
Brancott Estate Winery
The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre houses the Brancott Cellar door. This is worth a visit for the building and the views alone. Try the Sauvignon Gris at the cellar for something a bit different.
We recommend everyone visit Bladen. It is one of the smallest wineries in the valley with a one room cellar door, lovely wines and always one of the family serving on the cellar door. It is a picture perfect spot and often the favourite winery of the day due to the outstanding hospitality of Dave and Chris Macdonald
Villa Maria winery
One of NZ’s largest privately owned wineries. Their cellar door provides the opportunity to sample Villa Maria wines from around the country
Wither Hills winery
Close to Blenheim. This stunning building has a cellar door, restaurant, viewing tower, barrel hall and a vine library as well as a great selection of wines.
This small family owned winery is situated on the site of the first grape plantings in Marlborough planted in the late 1800’s. The cellar door is small and personal and the wines are stunning.
When people say to us that they love Pinot Noir then we take them to Fromm. Another of Marlborough’s smaller wineries producing a great range of wines.
One of our favourite lunch spots but the wines are great too. Here is a good opportunity to compare wines from Marlborough with those from their vineyards in Central Otago.
You can’t go wrong with a bottle of Saint Clair. Their Sauvignon’s in particular are fantastic. The aroma alone will make you swoon. Home of the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon.