What has made the Marlborough Region so famous is the Sauvignon Blanc. Worldwide even! So more than enough reason to pay a visit.
The Marlborough Region’s wines
From Christchurch we took a bus to the centre of the wine region, Blenheim. At the hostel we were staying at, we could rent bikes for the day, so the next morning we took off towards the small town of Renwick. Most of the wineries are situated near this town. We had gotten a copy of “The Marlborough Wine Trail” map which has all cellar doors marked so we knew where to go. When it turned 5PM we had visited 5 wineries and tasted countless glasses of wine. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay…. We had soon found out this region produces a whole lot more than just Sauvignon Blanc. And a lot of incredibly good and interesting wines at that!
When we got back to the hostel I noticed that a second day bike rental was really cheap so it didn’t take long for us to decide to extend our stay and spend another day visiting wineries. Again we visited 5 cellar doors. This time we went to some big and famous ones, like “Brancott Estate “ and “Villa Maria”. A very different experience to the cellar doors of the small wineries. Not nearly as personal but still a great and interesting experience.
All in all we had an amazing time in the Marlborough Region! We learned a lot by talking to all the people at the wineries while tasting their wines and we were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the wines. Besides, the scenery is beautiful with vineyards as far as the eye can see. Seeing this region by bike is highly recommended and it’s easy to cycle here as it’s quite flat.