Top Wines in Marlborough



Looking for some top wines to try in Marlborough New Zealand? New Zealand is not only known for their stunning landscapes, picturesque views and soft snow. Their wine are sought all over the world.

Best known for their world-class Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region, the cool nights combined with constant sunshine and rich soil makes it perfect for growing the vines. Marlborough is located in the north-eastern corner of New Zealand’s South island. It is the largest wine region in terms of production and has various sub-regions that produce a wide array of intense flavours, impressive aromas and distinct notes.

Thanks to the Marlborough sandstone within the soil, the Sauvignon Blanc commonly has zesty flavours of yeast, thyme and toasted sesame. Other medium-light bodied wine varieties to try in Marlborough that are quite popular is as syrahs, chardonnays, rieslings, pinot gris and pinot noirs.


Some notable top white wines to try in Marlborough New Zealand:

Marlborough Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Quite a pricey Sauv Blanc but is full of flavours. Notes of gooseberry, lime, grapefruit and peach that leads to a floral bouquet on the nose with a fruity crisp finish.


Drylands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

A well-balanced Sauv Blanc with hints of tropical fruits. This is a great fruity but not overly sweet wine, it is a great go-to wine for any white wine enthusiasts that love the delightful, crisp long finishes.


Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Smells amazing! With wonderful aromatics of lemon and pear this Sauv Blanc is refreshingly vibrant. With complex flavours and a lingering finish this dynamic white wine pairs perfectly with scallops and crab.


Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

This well-rounded wine offers strong zesty flavours that is refreshing during a nice sunny day in Marlborough.


Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay

The rich creamy balance of this Chardonnay offers a wonderful aroma with lots of character. Young in age this chardonnay has some aging potential to bring out the more complex flavours.


Some notable top red wines to try in Marlborough New Zealand:

Delta Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir

Marlborough can definitely produce something other than just a Sauv Blanc. This Pinot Noir is a brilliant example. With a nice vibrant red hue, this medium bodied wine offers a sweet yet savoury fruity taste all the way to the finish. This type of complex can only be found in Marlborough, something that Australian Pinot Noirs are in lack of.


Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir

An exceptional wine for the price. It is complex yet incredibly smooth that deceptively takes your attention from the start to finish. This pinot is worth a try!


Framingham Marlborough Pinot Noir

This lovely red-amber pinot is light with strong aromas of smoke, toasted oak and plums. Once it touches your tongue, flavours of dark fruits, cherry and wood instantly emerges and fade respectfully taking the silky tannins and acidity along with it. An excellent wine with or without food.


Hans Herzog Marlborough Merlot Cabernet

A beautiful wine for those special occasions. It is a flavoursome wine that bursts with plums, toffee and spices. This top notch red blend holds up very well.


Stoneleigh Merlot

With hints of pepper, cherry and plums this  inexpensive everyday table wine is very enjoyable.


Today, Marlborough is noted as one of the premium wine regions in the world. Demand for the best Marlborough wines are high, so there is a limited amount for export.

Marlborough can be easily reached by air or ferry from Wellington. At least two days should be spent within Marlborough to get the full experience.

If you are taking a trip to Marlborough and in the area these are just some top wines to try in Marlborough New Zealand.  Marlborough is situated closely along the coastline and offers superb seafood as well, such as the green shell mussels which are a perfect pair with the crisp white wines.





An adventurous traveller who simply wants to explore this incredible world we call our home. Originally from the States, she has recently moved to Sydney to enjoy the golden sandy beaches and friendly culture of the great Land Down Under.

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