Marlborough is a region in New Zealand, located in the north east of the south island. The region is well known for its ‘Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc‘ wine. Grape growers first started planting in the 1970s and quickly produced wine which grabbed the attention of the world wine industry.
The Marlborough region represents 60% of total vineyard in New Zealand, making it the centre of the country’s wine industry. The cooler Marlborough climate has given the world a new style of wine with its unique Sauvignon Blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc is a variety of green grape, originating from the Bordeaux region in France. The grape produces a crisp, dry and refreshing white wine. In Marlborough, the sandy soils over slate shingles have become the most desirable location for planting; this is because of good drainage of the soil and poor fertility, causing the vines to concentrate flavours in lower yields.
Due to the narrow geography of the region, all of the vineyards are no more than 80 miles from the coast. The cool climate allows for a long, steady growing season; allowing the grapes to develop a balance between acids and sugars. This is what gives the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine its flavour.