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Geography & Weather


Grape Growing Cycle

Marlborough’s climate and soil provide the raw ingredients but it is the growers, viticulturists and winemakers of the region who harness this potential to produce great fruit and craft exquisite wine.

The challenges of the region’s diverse geography and climatic variations demand resourceful viticulture and an unrelenting dedication to the task of making premium wine. And so it is the pioneering spirit, adaptability and passion of the people here that underpin Marlborough’s extraordinary success.

This comparatively small region is now heralded at the forefront of innovative vineyard and viticultural techniques. Home of the Marlborough Wine Research Centre, New Zealand’s leading wine research facility, the region is instrumental in new industry initiatives in the pursuit of continually improving quality standards. Proactive environmental management activity – such as the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme (SWINZ), CarboNZero initiatives and the reintroduction of the New Zealand Falcon to control bird pests – reflect a forward thinking path into the future.

And alongside its investment in the environment is a programme of investment in the next generation of Marlborough’s wine industry. Education, scholarships and awards such as the Silver Secateurs and Young Viticulturist of the Year recognise and celebrate the skills and dedication that will continue to enhance the quality of Marlborough’s wine as this remarkable wine region evolves in the years ahead.


Blenheim regularly claims the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand, and has low rainfall. Each season in Marlborough has its distinct appeal: summer brings long warm days and stunning evenings; autumn promises clear, still days, a blaze of vineyard colour, and is one of the best times to explore; winter is short and may bring a spectacular rim of snow on the distant high country mountains; spring arrives with a sudden burst of cherry blossom and leaf, and the opening of gardens to view.