Red: Pinot Noir

White: Sav Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris

Marlborough defines New Zealand wine as far as most the world knows. With vineyards as far as the eye can see, it's completely understandable given almost 80% of the wine in the country comes from this area. This is really remarkable considering Sav Blanc has only been planted in the region since the early 1970s.

Bright sunshine combined with long days and cool nights allow grapes to ripen and develop the acidity that characterizes Sav Blanc from this area. Crisp, cutting acidity with a hint of saline are hallmarks of the uniqueness that is NZSB.

Blenheim is the largest town in this area, however accommodations in amongst the vines are a preferred way of experiencing Marlborough more in-depth. Day trips into the Queen Charlotte Sound to pair fresh green mussels with wine is a fun way to spend a day.

Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir
Pinot Gris

When in Marlborough most of the activities will likely be centered on wine tasting. Sir Peter Jackson's aviation museum is excellent for families and aviation buffs. Biking between wineries on country roads is a nice way to spend a day and local guides offer guided tasting tours as well. A day trip into the Queen Charlotte Sound allows one to enjoy a calm boat ride to mussel farms, while those with more time will travel further and take a few nights to explore hiking and accommodations in more remote locations. Cuisine ranges from the high-end to delicious local pies- specifically the famous Burleigh pie shop just outside of town.