Top 5 Marlborough Wineries to visit

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Sep 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Wine News

Marlborough wineThis is the hardest region to chose my top 5 wineries. With Marlborough responsible for producing 75% of New Zealand wine, it was always going to be a tough ask. Most of you will have a different experience/opinion, but these wineries represent what wine should, and is about.

So if you have any suggestions and think I’m way off the mark with mine, please leave them in the comments box for others to read.


1, Seresin Estate: This winery shouts authenticity, with organically and biodynamically grown, hand-tended and hand-picked fruit making their wines have a depth of interest that is rare to find in the ever increasing chemistry set wines.
It’s the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir that stikes a chord with me. Try the intense Leah Pinot noir, that broods int he glass with deep red and black fruit and is perfectly balanced.

85 Bedford Rd,
RD1, Renwick,
New Zealand
Phone +64 3 572 9408

Cellar Door
Cellar Door is open 10am to 4.30pm
7 Days a week.

2, Fromm Winery: Another of my top 5 wineries that is organic and biodynamic, and yet another winery that I suggest to try their Pinot Noir. Although Marlborough is synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, it’s the Pinot Noir that is really making waves.
A unique style that differs greatly from Central Otago and is more closely aligned with the style and graciousness of Waipara.

Godfrey Road, RD2
Blenheim 7272
New Zealand
Phone +64 (0)3 572 9355

Cellar Door
October – April 11am to 5 pm.
May – September Friday, Saturday, Sunday or by appointment 11am to 4 pm.

3, Saint Clair Family Estate: A king pin in the Marlborough wine industry and are responsible for a plethora of award winning Sauvignon Blanc wines. Alongside Villa Maria, Saint Clair are one of the most awarded wineries in New Zealand.
Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc is a must to facilitate the understanding of the history and terroir of the region, and what characteristics cemented Marlborough as one of the world’s leading Sauvignon Blanc regions.

Cellar Door:
13 Selmes Road, RD3

Phone:  (0) 3 570 5280

4, Johanneshof Cellars: Johanneshof’s adoration for Europe’s century old wine culture led Edel and Warwick to establish New Zealand’s first underground rock cellar tunnelled into solid sandstone, 50 meters long and 20 meters deep underground.
Johanneshof is a must visit and well worth the tasting fee. Try their Sauvignon Blanc and award winning Gewurztraminer.

State Highway 1,
R.D.3 Koromiko,
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 5737035

Cellar Door:
Summer: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
Winter : Tuesday to Friday,   10am – 4pm.

5, Te Whare Ra Wines: Another of the organic vineyards that I recommend visiting during your stay in Marlborough. Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a boutique vineyard & winery owned by winemakers Anna & Jason Flowerday.
The 10Ha vineyard was first planted in 1979. Yields are kept low, the vineyard is managed with a combination of organic and biodynamic practices and all the fruit is hand-picked and hand-sorted. The wines are made with minimal intervention in a small winery specifically designed around small batch winemaking. The ‘Toru’ blended white wine is a must try, as is their Pinot Noir.

Cellar Door:
56 Anglesea St,

They also do a 1hr winery and vineyard tour by appt. Hosted by Jason or Anna Flowerday.

Phone: 03 5728581


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Written by Jayson Bryant

Jayson’s roots in wine began when his father literally dragged him round France and injected his passion into him. From the age of 8 his family took month long holidays in France travelling through all regions and sampling their wine.
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  • Reallythirsty

    An excellent list, thanks very much. can you suggest any remarkable local guides for wine tours in the region? Thanks.

  • Wooing Tree Michelle

    Classic! My cousins are coming from Dubai for the RWC and asked me to pick 5 Marlborough wineries for them to visit…I had picked exactly the 5 wineries you have chosen above, for all the same reasons…and I also put No 1 Family Estate in there because you must have bubbles!!

    • Jayson Bryant

      Forgot the bubbles Michele, but that would be out of Huia and No 1 Family Estate as well. great choice and thanks for reading and leaving a comment.