Every Wine Tells A Story: The Marlborough Region

May 16, 2017


Nestled in the north-eastern corner of the South Island, Marlborough is recognised as one of the premium wine regions of the world, and is our largest wine growing region. Marlborough in combination with Sauvignon Blanc, has put New Zealand on the international wine stage.


With over 20,000 hectares of planted grapes, producing 77% of New Zealand’s total wine production, Marlborough is the home to 141 wineries and will have a strong representation at Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines, with 19  wineries across both events. It is your opportunity to try some of the best wines the region produces.


New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc first came to the attention of international wine drinkers when Hunter’s Wine won the top award at the Sunday Times Wine Festival in London in 1986 with an oak aged Sauvignon Blanc, and the world began to take notice.


“If there is one company that started the whole international story called Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc it is Hunter’s – they got the magic started” – Bob Campbell (MW)


Wineries and what's on offer at Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines:


Astrolabe, established in 1996 by Simon and Jane Waghorn. Astrolabe will be featuring a fine selection of their wines including 4 Sauvignon Blancs. For something a little different, try their Sleepers Vineyard Albarino.


Mount Riley’s John Buchanan has been involved in the wine industry for more than 35 years. His

Sauvignon Blancs are classic Marlborough. Mount Riley will also be featuring its Seventeen Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and its limited release Rosé and Pinot Noir at Winetopia.


Lawson’s Dry Hills - Ross and Barbara Lawson are celebrating 25 years since their label was released.  While their Sauvignon Blanc is a consistent award winner, make sure you try their Gewürztraminer for a special treat.


Nautilus Estate was established in 1985 by the Hill family of the Australian Yalumba fame. Try their Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV made in the traditional, way with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. It is one of NZ's favourite methode traditonelle. 


Greywacke was established in 2009 by Richard Ellis and Kevin Judd, one of Marlborough’s pioneer winemakers. They mainly produce Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc received 5 stars in Michael Cooper’s 2017 Buyers’ Guide. For something different at Winetopia try their Botrytized Pinot Gris 2013.


Framingham Wines winemaker Dr Andrew Hedley is famous for his Riesling wines. The vineyard is the home to some of Marlborough's oldest Riesling vines. Their Riesling it is a must-try at Winetopia.


Clark Estate, established in 2006 by Peter and Jane Clark, is a trophy-wining family winery in the upper Awatere sub-region. Try winemaker Simon Clark’s Sauvignon Blanc and his delightful Noble Pinot Gris.


Villa Maria is NZ's most awarded winery, with its latest accolade "NZ's Most Admired Wine Brand" by Drinks International for the 3rd year in a row. It has vineyards in all the major wine areas of New Zealand and exports all over the world.  Make sure you try their Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


Giesen Wines was established in 1984 by brothers Theo, Marcel and Alex Giesen. They produce classic Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and more recently Syrah. For a special treat, try the  Brothers' late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, and from their premium range The August Sauvignon Blanc traditionally fermented in seasonal French oak.


Summerhouse Wine Co. owned by the Neylon and Wiffen families, has remained under the radar in New Zealand. Their Sauvignon Blanc was placed in the top 10 of Sauvignon Blanc by Cuisine magazine.  For a special treat try their Verdelho - something new and exciting for the region.


Spy Valley is owned by Bryan and Jan Johnson, and has been named as "the planet's 20 most notable new producers".The vineyard was named because of its proximity to an international satellite communication monitoring station. Spy Valley bring a range of their wines to Winetopia including the Echelon Methode Marlborough 2011. 


Grove Mill Winery, owned by Foley Family Wines, says sustainability has been a focus since the winery’s inception in 1988. Bill Foley and his wines have become firm favourites in New Zealand and around the world.  They are dedicated to crafting premium wines with minimal environmental impact.


O:TU  owned by Min Jia, is an international award-winning vineyard specialising in crafting super-premium Sauvignon Blanc. Try their award-winning 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. Winetopia provides a

unique opportunity to taste this special wine.


Two Rivers of Marlborough owned by Marlborough raised winemaker, Dave Coulsen. Did you know, Coulsen's,"Two Rivers" refers to the Wairau and Awatere rivers? Their Riesling and Pinot Gris won gold at the NZ International Wine Competition, with their Riesling also winning gold at the Royal Easter Show - don't miss trying these ones!


Cuisine magazine described Jules Taylor Wine’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as a gem. "A great

advertisement for classic Marlborough". Her 2016 Sauvignon Blanc was rated Top Sauvignon Blanc by renowned wine writer and reviewer Mathew Jukes. Also try also her Marlborough 2016 Gruner Veltliner for something a little different.


Te Pa family vineyards is owned by Haysley MacDonald. Their Pa Road 2014 Pinot Noir won wine of the show at the 2016 Marlborough Wine Show. Pa Road Sauvignon Blanc and Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc both won Gold medals at the Drinks Business Global Sauvignon Blanc, Master 2016. Try these great wines at Winetopia.


Winetopia provides a unique opportunity to try an amazing range of wines. Follow the links to 

secure your spot at NZ’s largest Wine Tasting event.


Auckland 9-10 June, Shed 10 -  http://bit.ly/2rkT57k

Wellington 15-16 July, Shed 6 - http://bit.ly/2qLsKSX


Tip: Enhance your experience with a @MiNDFOOD Premium Ticket.

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