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Renwick and nearby Blenheim form the “capital” of the Marlborough region,
New Zealand’s largest wine producing area with production focused in the Wairau Valley to the north and the Awatere Valley to the south.
Although Sauvignon Blanc is by far the most widely grown and best known varietal, Marlborough produces superb Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer and increasingly good Pinot Noir.
And not all Sauvignon Blanc is the same. Many people are familar with the very aromatic, fruit driven and quite acidic "Kiwi style Sav" but New Zealand's winemakers are creative and innovative and are producing some very elegant and sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc with hand-harvesting, indigenous yeast fermentation, oak ageing and lees contact.
There are more than 50 wineries in the area and many are located in close proximity to one another so it is easy to visit them on a guided tour, by car or even on by bicycles. For many it is tempting to go with the obvious, the wineries seen on the supermarket shelves such as Cloudy Bay, Brancott Estate and Oyster Bay.
But there is so much pleasure to be found at the smaller independent producers which are usually family run. This is where you can get to meet the people who make the wine and taste an buy bottles that you may not even find elsewhere in New Zealand, let alone at home.
Some of our favourite wineries include Johanneshof, Hans Herzog, Seresin, Framingham, Wairau Valley, Dog Point and Te Whare Ra.
There are plenty of options for both independent cellar door visits and guided tours (so no worries about who is driving) and we'll help you to plan your tasting to suit your own interests and preferences.