Film, art, adventure sports, and beautiful scenery, New Zealand is known for a lot. For a small country, we offer innovation and great ideas fair – the kiwi culture is recognized and loved all over the world. The only thing that has to surpass the iconic image of the New Zealand sheep and the kiwi bird itself is the wine selection the country has won. You can choose the high-tech food and wine pairing course to become a professional sommelier.
- New Zealand wines from Marlborough
The undisputed viticulture capital of New Zealand is most likely Marlborough on the South Island. Travelers from all over the world relax on the shores of Cook Strait in Picton, explore the Marlborough Sounds and its many entrances and bays, enjoy lunch at Blenheim and most importantly, sample the world-famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Before you stay in Marlborough, read on to learn about the area's rich winemaking history.
- Marlborough in the 19th century
While the first modern wineries and vineyards did not appear until the 1970s, viticulture began in the region a century earlier, in the late 19th century. Marlborough's vineyard and other commercial activities started early with the arrival of Europeans in the country, but it would be a hundred years before the region exploded internationally for its renowned wines.
Marlborough is one of the sunniest and driest areas in the country. Climate is an obvious choice for viticulture because grapes have more time to ripen, which enhances the rich, vibrant taste of the fruit.
- Modern Marlborough wine era
Marlborough grapes are known for their tangy fruity taste. What started as a small group of wineries and vineyards in the 1970s quickly erupted as the world became interested in the region, and Sauvignon Blanc in particular. The region reached its peak in popularity in the mid-2000s and interest in Marlborough wines grew worldwide.