Marlborough is situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. After successfully growing fruit in the early 1970’s, winemakers decided to try growing grapes. The gamble has proved to be a good one as Marlborough is now the largest grape growing region in New Zealand and the most recognised internationally.
Renowned for its hot dry summers, there are three distinct sub-regions in Marlborough: the Southern Wairau Valley becomes cooler and drier toward the South and has heavier soil. The Wairau Plains is divided by the Wairau River and has old riverbed and riverbank soils which vary from barren and stony to more gravelly toward the South. The Awatere Valley is the most geographically distinct sub-region, climbing toward the Kaikoura ranges from the sea, this area is higher, cooler, drier and windier.