The Marlborough Region

Marlborough is a region of diversity and spectacular scenic beauty; from the stunning Marlborough Sounds, a coastal wonderland of winding waterways and sheltered bays, to the magnificent high country and the wild Kaikoura coast. Marlborough is renowned for wine tasting and delicious foods, scenic tours and activities, and significant heritage, cultural and art experiences.

Flavours of Marlborough

Marlborough

It has been said that there is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the wine of Marlborough – the balance of extraordinary purity and intensity of flavours set around impressive aroma, distinctive fruit characteristics and appealing balanced acidity is superb. These are stylish, exciting wines that surprise and delight.

Capture what is it that makes the wines of Marlborough so distinctively exquisite? As with any of the great wine making regions of the world, the answer lies in a magical synergy of climate and soil, underpinned by our desire to express this unique terroir. Here in the north-eastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island, bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east and towering mountain ranges in the hinterlands to the north and south, a broad alluvial plain stretches from the coastline, gradually rising into narrow valleys with favourable northerly aspects. Ours is a diverse landscape of spectacular natural beauty and bounty.

In past centuries Māori hunted Moa here and cultivated vast Kumara crops in the year round sunshine. Early European settlers established New Zealand’s pastoral industry on the fertile rolling downs of the river valleys. In 1873, long before the modern day vintners recognised the extraordinary potential to produce great wine in this region, pioneering Scottish farmer and grape grower David Herd, planted Marlborough’s first vineyard. It was to be another 100 years before that vision took root with the development of viticulture in Marlborough on a commercial scale.

Today Marlborough is recognised as one of the premium wine regions of the world. New Zealand’s leading wine region, Marlborough draws international acclaim that far outweighs its size. In the span of just a few decades winemakers have embraced this small, yet geographically diverse region, exploring the nuances offered by its landscape to craft exhilarating flavours in many different wine styles.

Each expresses the indelible mark of place that is Marlborough.

The Vines Village

In the heart of Marlborough are the Wairau and Awatere valleys – home to world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and more than 120 wineries and 40 cellar doors – ranging from well-known international brands such as iconic Cloudy Bay and Wither Hills, to boutique family producers including Bladen, Mahi and Te Whare Ra.

With a central wine country location, many wineries are easily accessible from Antares Homestay, either by self-drive tour, organised group tours with Bubbly Grape Wine Tours, or personalised luxury car tours with Marlborough Elite Tours.

Enjoy award winning wines with the region’s renowned Greenshell Mussels, Pacific Coast seafood, salmon and wild game at a nearby winery restaurant including Herzog Winery & Restaurant, a short stroll from Antares Homestay, Allan Scott Wines & Twelve Trees Restaurant, Wairau River Wines & Restaurant, Cloudy Bay Cellar Door and Hunter’s Wines & Restaurant.

If your acquired taste is fine beer, Marlborough has an emergent brewing industry where you can sample award-winning Renaissance and 8 Wired Brewing craft beers at the Dodson Street Bistro and Ale House next door to the Renaissance Brewery.

The climate and growing conditions responsible for the region’s celebrated Sauvignon Blanc are ideal also for extra virgin olive oil and around a quarter of New Zealand’s olive oil production comes from Marlborough producers including Seresin, Lusatori and the quaintly named Two Short Dogs.

For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Makana Confections is a must, where you can see how hand-crafted chocolates are made, taste a few samples, and shop for gifts and indulgences. Or you can shop for acclaimed Marlborough Manuka Honey and other honey products at The Honey Company factory shop.

Take a leisurely lunchtime cruise on the Marlborough River Queen, an old-styled, wood-panelled riverboat. Discover scenic Marlborough by river as you wind your way down the Opawa River towards Cloudy Bay. Take your own lunch or dine on a River Queen lunchtime platter while indulging in local wines and beers from the licensed bar.

Each year the region’s fine wines and seafood are showcased at the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival held on the second Saturday in February, the Havelock Mussel Festival held on the third Saturday in March, and Kaikoura Seafest held on the first Saturday in October.

No.1 Family Estate Ltd

HEARTS IN MARLBOROUGH SINCE 1980, ROOTS IN CHAMPAGNE SINCE 1684.

No.1 Family Estate is a specialist and boutique Méthode Champenoise winery founded by Adele and Daniel Le Brun. It is the only winery in New Zealand committed exclusively to producing premium Méthode Traditionelle wine. The award-winning winemaker has created wines that rival the best in the world using methods perfected over twelve generations by his family in Champagne.

Visit our elegant cellar door, browse our carefully selected collection of jewellery and gifts, and enjoy a complimentary tasting of our wines. We would love to welcome you and share the story of our family and our award winning wines.

Hans Herzog

Herzog is a family owned New Zealand winery and restaurant, supported by a unique team of individuals who all share the same values: a passion for wine and food, commitment to excellence and quality, and a love for the great New Zealand environment.

With some of the countries most treasured wines, delicious food, stunning grounds, a beautiful tasting room, extensive tours, a uniquely gorgeous Vineyard Cottage, Hans Herzog Estate is a must-visit for food and wine lovers!

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Wine Lounge

Omaka Aviation Heritage

In the heart of Marlborough are the Wairau and Awatere valleys – home to world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and more than 120 wineries and 40 cellar doors – ranging from well-known international brands such as iconic Cloudy Bay and Wither Hills, to boutique family producers including Bladen, Mahi and Te Whare Ra.

With a central wine country location, many wineries are easily accessible from Antares Homestay, either by self-drive tour, organised group tours with Bubbly Grape Wine Tours, or personalised luxury car tours with Marlborough Elite Tours.

Enjoy award winning wines with the region’s renowned Greenshell Mussels, Pacific Coast seafood, salmon and wild game at a nearby winery restaurant including Herzog Winery & Restaurant, a short stroll from Antares Homestay, Allan Scott Wines & Twelve Trees Restaurant, Wairau River Wines & Restaurant, Cloudy Bay Cellar Door and Hunter’s Wines & Restaurant.

If your acquired taste is fine beer, Marlborough has an emergent brewing industry where you can sample award-winning Renaissance and 8 Wired Brewing craft beers at the Dodson Street Bistro and Ale House next door to the Renaissance Brewery.

The climate and growing conditions responsible for the region’s celebrated Sauvignon Blanc are ideal also for extra virgin olive oil and around a quarter of New Zealand’s olive oil production comes from Marlborough producers including Seresin, Lusatori and the quaintly named Two Short Dogs.

For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Makana Confections is a must, where you can see how hand-crafted chocolates are made, taste a few samples, and shop for gifts and indulgences. Or you can shop for acclaimed Marlborough Manuka Honey and other honey products at The Honey Company factory shop.

Take a leisurely lunchtime cruise on the Marlborough River Queen, an old-styled, wood-panelled riverboat. Discover scenic Marlborough by river as you wind your way down the Opawa River towards Cloudy Bay. Take your own lunch or dine on a River Queen lunchtime platter while indulging in local wines and beers from the licensed bar.

Each year the region’s fine wines and seafood are showcased at the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival held on the second Saturday in February, the Havelock Mussel Festival held on the third Saturday in March, and Kaikoura Seafest held on the first Saturday in October.

Queen Charlotte Sound

In the heart of Marlborough are the Wairau and Awatere valleys – home to world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and more than 120 wineries and 40 cellar doors – ranging from well-known international brands such as iconic Cloudy Bay and Wither Hills, to boutique family producers including Bladen, Mahi and Te Whare Ra.

With a central wine country location, many wineries are easily accessible from Antares Homestay, either by self-drive tour, organised group tours with Bubbly Grape Wine Tours, or personalised luxury car tours with Marlborough Elite Tours.

Enjoy award winning wines with the region’s renowned Greenshell Mussels, Pacific Coast seafood, salmon and wild game at a nearby winery restaurant including Herzog Winery & Restaurant, a short stroll from Antares Homestay, Allan Scott Wines & Twelve Trees Restaurant, Wairau River Wines & Restaurant, Cloudy Bay Cellar Door and Hunter’s Wines & Restaurant.

If your acquired taste is fine beer, Marlborough has an emergent brewing industry where you can sample award-winning Renaissance and 8 Wired Brewing craft beers at the Dodson Street Bistro and Ale House next door to the Renaissance Brewery.

The climate and growing conditions responsible for the region’s celebrated Sauvignon Blanc are ideal also for extra virgin olive oil and around a quarter of New Zealand’s olive oil production comes from Marlborough producers including Seresin, Lusatori and the quaintly named Two Short Dogs.

For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to Makana Confections is a must, where you can see how hand-crafted chocolates are made, taste a few samples, and shop for gifts and indulgences. Or you can shop for acclaimed Marlborough Manuka Honey and other honey products at The Honey Company factory shop.

Take a leisurely lunchtime cruise on the Marlborough River Queen, an old-styled, wood-panelled riverboat. Discover scenic Marlborough by river as you wind your way down the Opawa River towards Cloudy Bay. Take your own lunch or dine on a River Queen lunchtime platter while indulging in local wines and beers from the licensed bar.

Each year the region’s fine wines and seafood are showcased at the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival held on the second Saturday in February, the Havelock Mussel Festival held on the third Saturday in March, and Kaikoura Seafest held on the first Saturday in October.