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Key Statistics Snapshot

History

1873 – First grapes planted by Scotsman David Herd in the southern valleys

1973 – Commercial planting began at Montana’s Brancott Estate at Fairhall

1980 – Marlborough Grapegrowers Association Incorporated established

1984 – Phylloxera outbreak first recorded and widespread by 1992

1985 – First Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

1986 – Oversupply of unsuitable varieties leading to Government sponsored vine pull

1986 – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Hunters) awarded top three trophies at London International Wine Show

1992 – Wine Marlborough Limited formed as the trading company for Marlborough Winegrowers Association

2009 – 30th anniversary of the regions first Sauvignon Blanc vintage

2012 – Marlborough produces 72% of New Zealand’s 2012 vintage

2013 – 40th anniversary of Marlborough’s first commercial plantings

2016 – The first International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration is held in Marlborough

2016 – Winepress Magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary

Size

Year Growers Wine Companies Vineyard (ha) Tonnes
2007 530 104 21,200 120,888
2008 524 109 22,277 194,639
2009 560 130 23,600 192,128
2010 605 130 23,920 183,000
2011 600 142 23,964 244,893
2012 600 142 23,964 188,649
2013 568 148 22,587 251,680
2014 568 168 22,903  329,572
2015 534  140  23,374  233,182
2016 534  141  24,020  323,290
2017 519 139 25,135
2018 510 141 26, 007 313,038

 

* NZW survey data from membership, all previous years data is from Marlborough District Council

Varieties (Marlborough)

Variety 2018 tonnes % Share by varietal
Sauvignon Blanc 269,411 86.1%
Pinot Noir 18,739 6%
Chardonnay 9,565 3.6%
Pinot Gris 11,136 3.6%
Riesling 1.877 0.6%
Other 2,310 0.7%

Climate

  • On average 2,457 annual sunshine hours (6.73hrs/day). Hawkes Bay averages 2,281 hours
  • On average 649mm (25.5 inches) of annual rainfall fall in Marlborough
  • Moderate diurnal temperature change – commonly a 10°C / 50°F range
  • Māori refer to the region as “Kei puta te Wairau’ / The place with the hole in the cloud”

Geography

Sub Region Temp. Moisture
The Wairau Valley (Rapaura, Lower Wairau, Conder’s Bend, Renwick, Kaituna) Cool Dry
The Southern Valleys (Ben Morven, Brancott, Fairhall, Omaka, Waihopai) Cooler Dryer
The Awatere Valley (Blind River, Seaview, Redwood Pass) Coolest Dryest