Located at the top of the South Island, the sunny Marlborough region is a veritable cornucopia of the best that New Zealand has to offer. The Marlborough region is a place where you can indulge your passions, challenge your senses and try new things.
In addition to the Marlborough Sounds’ undisputed status as an adventurer’s paradise, the Marlborough region is also a food and wine wonderland. In fact, relaxing in the sun with a glass of wine, paired with delicious, freshly prepared food is what Marlborough is all about.
Marlborough Sounds Wine
Trail Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest and foremost wine growing region and the Marlborough Wine Trail is a must do. With more than 150 wineries producing around three-quarters of the country’s total wine output it’s easy to see why.
While the Marlborough wine industry is geared mainly towards the production of sauvignon blanc wines, with more than 90% of the country’s sauvignon blanc plantings, the stunning climate also provides the perfect environment for superb pinot noirs, rieslings, chardonnays and pinot gris.
There are a wide range of guided tour options to the many cellar doors, ranging from internationally recognised wine brands to small boutique family producers, where a range of experiences awaits you, from barrel tastings to wine master classes.
Or you can simply grab a copy of the Marlborough Wine Trail Guide and make your own wine tour by car, explore both off-the-beaten-track and iconic cellar doors. The flat Wairau and Awatere valleys are home to scores of vineyards, making this part of Marlborough ideal for a bit of ‘gourmet cycling’.
Food, glorious food
With great wine comes great food. The region abounds in a pleasing selection of restaurants and cafes, artisan food stores and wineries with their own award-winning restaurants, where you can enjoy sublime wines and amazing cuisine amid the vines.
Marlborough is renowned for its abundant produce, such as cherries, strawberries, apricots and other stone fruit, olives, herbs and vegetables. It’s a common sight to see people stopped at a roadside stall to buy fresh seasonal produce or picking their own fruit in one of the many orchards.
The Marlborough Sounds provides a dazzling array of succulent seafood. Local menus feature the freshest king salmon, scallops, crayfish, mussels, oysters, clams, blue cod and snapper. In the Marlborough Sounds gateway towns of Picton and Havelock, you can embark on a seafood cruise for the ultimate in seafood experiences. You’ll visit the local salmon and mussel farms, and get to eat the most deliciously fresh seafood matched with the region’s wines and other produce right there on the water.
In the heart of the Marlborough Wine Trail, you’ll find Makana Confections, a boutique chocolate factory where you can watch confectionery masters at work and, even more importantly, taste their exquisite confectionary creations.
Marlborough is also home to boutique breweries, where delicious craft beers are created to complement the region’s gourmet cuisine. In Marlborough, there really is something to satisfy every palate.
Marlborough Sounds Wine and Food Festival
Fittingly, this amazing region is host to the annual Marlborough Sounds Wine and Food Festival, New Zealand’s original and longest running wine festival. Festival goers get to sample world-class wines and delicious local cuisine in the heart of one of Marlborough’s oldest and most picturesque vineyards, Brancott Vineyard. In 2017, the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival will be held on Saturday, 11 February.
Will you be there?
Why not make a plan to join us soon in Marlborough, so you too can indulge your senses and taste buds with this region’s spectacular food and wine.
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Overlooking the spectacular Waikawa Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound, Tigers Den luxury lodge is the place to experience true bliss as you sit back and reflect off your day of Marlborough discovery.
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