Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region is so well known that many enjoy the wine without knowing or caring where it came from. I booked an Air BnB in the town of Blenheim, the main center of Marlborough, with a delightful couple who warmly welcomed us. In addition to a delicious breakfast with honey from their bees, they were helpful with things to do including the suggestion to visit the incredibly interesting Sir Peter Jackson’s Exhibition at the nearby Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum.
The Marlborough region, situated at the northeastern edge of the South Island, is New Zealand’s largest grape growing region producing 77% of their wine, most of it Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Sparkling wines are also finding their way into the line up. We especially enjoyed the wines at Saint Clair, Wairau River, Te Whare, Fromm, and Cloudy Bay. Some of the Cloudy Bay wines make it to the States although not the smaller production wines, where they excel.
Many of the wineries have restaurants attached and we enjoyed a tasty lunch on the delightful patio at Allan Scott Family Winemakers surrounded with tropical vegetation and accompanied by, of all things, a glass of wine.
We came to the sad realization that three days was not nearly enough time to truly experience the wonderful Marlborough wines.