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Marlborough Wineries, Marlborough

New Zealand, Australia + Pacific: An epicenter of New World wine production: Marlborough, in the South Island's northeast corner
Marlborough , South Island
New Zealand's insider take:

Marlborough is New Zealand's biggest wine region, with more than 100 wineries supplied by 300-odd local growers. The star varietal here is sauvignon blanc, and it's some of the world's best. There's also some excellent riesling, gewürztraminer, and pinot gris, and a pretty fine Methode Traditionelle, too. There are more excellent wineries than you can shake a stick at here, but the absolute don't-misses (all of which also have excellent restaurants) are Herzog, which makes what might be the region's only Montepulciano; Allan Scott Wines, which makes a smashing riesling and blanc de blanc; and Hunter's Wines, with its award-winning, oak-aged sauvignon blanc.

Herzog Winery & Restaurant
81 Jeffries Road
Tel: 64 3 572 8770

Allan Scott Wines
Jackson's Road
Tel: 64 3 572 9054

Hunter's Wines
Rapaura Road
Tel: 64 3 572 8489

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.