Marlborough Wineries & Harvests
The Marlborough Wine Trail
It’s been said that there is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the wine of Marlborough - that extraordinary purity and intensity of flavours and aroma. Stylish, exciting wines that surprise and delight.
So what is it that makes the wines of Marlborough so distinctively exquisite? As with any of the great wine making regions of the world, the answer lies in a magical synergy of climate and soil, underpinned by a desire to express this unique terroir. It is a diverse landscape of spectacular natural beauty and bounty.
Today, Marlborough is recognised as one of the premium wine regions of the world and draws international acclaim that far outweighs its size. In the span of just a few decades, winemakers have embraced this small yet geographically diverse region, exploring the nuances offered by its landscape to craft exhilarating flavours in many different wine styles. Soil variations, coupled with variation in geography, rainfall and temperature, has given rise to the emergence of three loosely banded viticultural sub-regions within Marlborough - The Wairau, Southern and Awatere Valleys.
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is acclaimed throughout the world as the definitive benchmark style for the varietal.
Marlborough has over 40 cellar doors open to the public, all of them listed on the Marlborough Wine Trail Map. The top scoring cellar door is awarded the coveted ‘Cellar Door of the Year’ trophy. The 2010 Cellar Door of the Year is Gibson Bridge, situated on SH6 on the outskirts of Renwick.
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270 Paynters Road, RD2, Blenheim. (03) 578 0622. Auntsfield is the site of Marlborough’s first Vineyard and Winery, established in 1873. Visit the Cellar Door and experience authentic handcrafted wines inspired by Auntsfield’s history. Guided tours are available to the original vineyard and winery 10-11am (Bookings essential).
Cloudy Bay Vineyards
Jacksons Road, Blenheim. (03) 520 9140. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail, and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. Sit outside the spacious cellar door and enjoy a glass of wine in summer or warm yourself by the open fire in winter. Cellar door is open seven days a week 10-5pm for tastings.
Hammerichs Road, Rapaura, Blenheim. (03) 570 5252. Enjoy the Drylands experience when you visit Marlborough. They cordially invite you and your friends to go and taste their superb and diverse range of wines. Enjoy delicious local food at their restaurant, situated in the heart of the vineyards. Easily accessible, they are only a few minutes from the airport and central Blenheim.
Domaine George Michel
56 Vintage Lane, RD3, Rapaura, Marlborough. (03) 572 7230. George Michel was already heartedly enamoured by wine when he and his family decided to move to New Zealand and establish Georges Michel Wine Estate in 1997. They focus on producing top quality Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier.
Conders Bend Road, Renwick, Marlborough. (03) 572 8884. A broad range of quality aromatics set the Framingham wines apart. Four distinct Rieslings, including the renowned Classic Riesling. One of the oldest vineyards in Marlborough.
Forest Estate Wines
19 Blicks Road, Renwick. (03) 572 9084. The Forrest cellar door has a casual kiwi feel set in a quiet park setting. A large variety of wines is on offer, a chance to taste a couple of your favourites, or be adventurous and try a tasting tray with your choice of six wines. Pack a picnic lunch and spend and spend the afternoon with them Open daily 10.30-4.30pm.
Gibson Bridge Vineyard
cnr Gee Street & Nelson Highway, Renwick. (03) 572 5180. 2010 Supreme Winner of the Marlborough "Cellar Door" with a first time ever 100% award (an award for excellence in Knowledge , presentation, and welcome). Open winter 7 days 1 pm till 4.30 pm or phone them at Home ( they live on the vineyard only 300 metres away) to confirm or if the Cellar door is found to be closed Phone 572 5188 or mobile 021 947 555 for tastings and wine sales.
Hunter's Garden Cafe & Cellar Door
603 Rapaura Road, Blenheim. (03) 572 8489. On a cool day you can sit by the fire - if it’s warm and sunny, our award winning native garden is the obvious place to relax. Open all year, 7 days. Lunch 11.30-3pm, Dinner Wednesday to Saturday, Children welcome.
Moa Brewery & Bar Moa
Jacksons Road, RD3, Blenheim. (03) 572 5146. Established in 2003 with a focus on brewing premium boutique beers. Now the Moa hunter can enjoy the full range of Moa beers as well as a selection of fine wines at Bar Moa. Open daily in summer from 10am until late with reduced hours in winter.
Montana Brancott Winery
RD4, Riverlands, State Highway 1, Blenheim. (03) 577 5776. It features and elegant restaurant, retail store, tasting room and wine education facility. The Cellar Door offers an attractive retail environment for winery visitors. Winery Tours - 10-3pm daily, Cellar Door - 10-4.30pm daily, Restaurant - 10.30-3pm daily.
Nautilus Estate of Marlborough
12 Rapaura Road, Renwick. (03) 572 6008. Producing consistently high quality, award-winning wines since 1985. Their Cellar Door opened in 2000 along with their dedicated Pinot Noir Winery, the first in New Zealand. Winery tours by appointment. Open 10-4.30pm Summer, 12noon-4.30 Winter.
River Farm Wines
36 Godfrey Road, RD2, Blenheim. (03) 572 9091. Enjoy a relaxed yet informative tasting of their quality distinctive Marlborough wines complemented by specially selected cheeses and their own olive oil. Cellar Door open late October to late March 11-5.30pm.
85 Bedford Road, Off SH63, Renwick. (03) 572 9408. Situated on the Wairau Plains, the 165 hectare estate is managed organically and biodynamically encompasses three different properties. Taste the wines, extra virgin olive oils and estate honey and preserves at the Cellar Door, open 7 days from 10-4.30pm. Tours by appointment.
Saint Clair Family Estate Wines Cellar Door & Cafe
Cnr Selmes Road & Rapaura Roads. (03) 570 5280. An extensive range of wines is available for purchase, or relax and enjoy a delightful café meal in the courtyard. Open 7 days 9-5pm.
Spy Valley Wines
Lake Timara Road West. (03) 572 9840. Voted 2009 Cellar Door of the year by mystery tasters. Cellar Door open 7 days 10-4pm Oct - Apr, weekdays Apr - Oct.
211 New Renwick Road, Blenheim. (03) 520 8284. The iconic Wither Hills winery is suitated on the Southern side of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. The Cellar Door is an elegant blend of contemporary design and comfortable sophistication - a great showcase for Wither Hills’ superbly crafted wines in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.