There is something very special about Marlborough. I am yet to visit a more ideally located wine region and a climate more suited to high quality cool-climate viticulture. Its high sunshine hours, crisp clean air, low summer rainfall and virgin soils make for consistently high quality wines. Having followed and now lived with Marlborough’s progression over the last 15 years, I continue to be fascinated by the diversity of styles of wine that this region can produce, the sub-regional variation, and excited by what may evolve in the future as the region matures.
And then of course there’s the outdoor lifestyle…from the snow-capped mountains and alpine lakes in one direction, to rugged coastlines and stunning tramping through native bush the other.
I can still remember flying into Marlborough for the first time in 2005, over the labyrinth of finger-like outcrops and deep turquoise water that are the drowned valleys of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and into the crisp air that awaited me on the ground. It is something that still gives me goosebumps every time I fly in today.
Catalina Sounds Winemaker