Marlborough: New Zealand's Home of Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc is a household name; in fact, it has successfully managed to set the international benchmark for the variety in a matter of decades. The country’s most widely planted cepage was commercially produced in New Zealand for the first time only in 1979, and yet, it has attained superstar status in less than forty years, dazzling wine critics and lovers alike, the world over.
It was Marlborough, the country's largest wine region, who put New Zealand on the international wine stage with its supeb Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980s. Blessed with sunny and dry weather, perfect for winemaking, the Maori aptly named Marlborough ‘Kei puta te Wairau’ or ‘The place with the hole in the cloud’.
Today, Marlborough is the ideal destination for wine lovers, as visitors can be sipping on a glass of crisp “Sav” at a boutique winery within minutes of landing at the Blenheim airport. Others might choose to arrive via Picton aboard the scenic Cook Strait ferry, and then drive for 30 minutes down the scenic wine route.
Whichever way you choose to get to marlborough, this tailor-made wine tour is perfect for visitors who want to learn more about the region, its wineries, wines, and the people who create them. The full-day experience includes visits to a select number of boutique and iconic wineries, chosen for their rich history, fabulous service, stunning range of wines and passionate staff and winemakers. With over 60 wineries in the region, this gourmet province really is a paradise for wine enthusiasts.
Some of the wineries regularly included in the tour are Cloudy Bay, Forrest Estate or Wither Hills, with time out for a divine lunch at Brancott Estate's restaurant and you can even stay a night or more at Bay of Many Coves.
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