Marlborough, Veneto

When most people think of New Zealand wine, the first thing that comes to mind will be Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This one variety more than any other helped springboard New Zealand on to the world-wine scene.

The region is located on the northern end of the south island, nestled around the town of Blenheim, and for many years was a sheep region. It was Montana wines, who in 1973 planted the first vines in the region “too far south to grow good wine.” At the time the region was the southernmost region in the country, but nowadays Central Otago takes south to a whole new level.

Plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall and cool temperatures provide the perfect conditions for growing world-class Sauvignon Blanc the region is renowned for. Other whites grown include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Sparkling wines. Pinot Noir dominates the red varieties grown, though is typically lighter bodied than Central Otago or Martinborough Pinots.
Veneto in the north east of Italy, is the 8th largest region in Italy in terms of land mass, and over 90,000 hectares are under vine, of which some 35,000 hectares are DOC, making Veneto the largest producer of DOC wines in Italy. Venetian viticulture dates back to the Roman times, but phylloxera and world wars saw large cooperatives come to the region taking over many smaller vineyards.

The region is protected from the harsh European climate by the Alps, in the north of Veneto, though the cool climate there is ideal for producing Garganega, the main variety in the white wine Soave. To the east, along the Adriatic coast the renowned Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino DOC reds are produced. Reds are often blended with multiple grapes although straight varietals like Cabernet Franc can be very enjoyable.

The plains of Piave produce vast quantities of wine, rather than necessarily producing the highest quality wines and up in the Conegliano hills to the north is home to the Prosecco variety, which is growing in popularity, seen as a bargain alternative to Champagne.
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  1. Il Villaggio Pinot Grigio 2020
    Il Villaggio Organico Pinot Grigio is sourced from high altitude vineyards near the Slovenian border, north east of Venice. The combination of altitude, mineral gravel soils and a protected site creates richly flavoured but elegant wines. Andrea Sartori has been ... Learn More
  2. Spinning Top Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Spinning Top Wines reflect the simple pleasures that can be derived from nature. Sourcing the wines from three distinctive Marlborough sub regions (Waihopai, Wairau, Awatere) allows Spinning Top to pinpoint exactly the precise characteristics they wish to reflect. Clean, joyful ... Learn More
  3. Monte Tondo Mito Soave Doc 2021
    100% Garganega. Intense bouquet of white blossom, with citrus and nashi pear. Persistent and harmonious flavour, with fresh acidity and a dry finish. Very satisfying. Serve at 10-12ºC. ... Learn More
  4. Cantina Trevigiana Prossecco Treviso Extra Dry DOC NV
    This wine is a light straw colour with lime hues. The nose explodes from the glass with sweet sherbet, lemon, lime and jasmine aromas. The palate is creamy and refreshingly zingy with lemon, lime acidity. Apples and hints of ripe ... Learn More
  5. Kopu Gisbourne Pinot Gris 2021
    Grapes for this wine were grown in the Ngatapa Valley region of Gisborne district where dry-farming practices have been employed for over 75 years. Post-harvest the grapes and juice were processed with care to maximise fruit flavour and intensity. The resulting ... Learn More
  6. Kopu Gisbourne Pinot Gris 2020
    Grapes for this wine were grown in the Ngatapa Valley region of Gisborne district where dry-farming practices have been employed for over 75 years. Post-harvest the grapes and juice were processed with care to maximise fruit flavour and intensity. The resulting ... Learn More
  7. Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly grown grass given complexity by river-stone and white ... Learn More
  8. Le Pezze Pinot Grigio 2020
    Farina is located in San Pietro in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico; the historical and original Valpolicella. Cousins Claudio and Elena own 10 hectares of their own vineyards and source fruit from long standing grower partnerships which encompass a further 70 ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  9. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Always up there as the finest 2 or 3 Sauvignons in Marlborough every year, Greywacke emphasise ripeness in the vineyard to produce a sophisticated and satisfying style of Sauvignon Blanc. Crafted by former Cloudy Bay founding winemaker Kevin Judd, with able assistance ... Learn More
  10. Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Considered to be one of New Zealand's finest producers, Astrolabe have built their reputation on consistently producing exceptional wines. One of my favourite Astrolabe wines is the 2019 Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc. It’s quite a ripe example of the ... Learn More
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  11. Te Whare Ra Pinot Gris 2020
    Lifted aromas of nashi pear, raspberry, red apple and white florals. The nose follows through to the palate with the same flavours along with savoury undertones which are balanced by fine, supple texture and lingering minerality. Enjoyable to drink now ... Learn More
  12. Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Shows distinctive Awatere characters of elderflower, guava, white currant, lemongrass and passion fruit coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from Wairau components. The nose follows through to the palate - which is fine and soft ... Learn More
  13. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of pure citrus flavours leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity. Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  14. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2020
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
  15. Te Whare Ra Single Vineyard 5182 Toru 2021
    Has the aromatic spice and weight of Gewurztraminer, the structure and length of Riesling, and the great texture of Pinot Gris in a perfectly balanced 75%/16%/9% blend. It is a delicious, co-fermented field blend from a single vineyard. This 2021 Toru has ... Learn More
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    Cameron Douglas MS
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  16. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    2021 was one of the best vintages in the Wairau Valley in recent years and this wine truly reflects that. Vibrant, fresh lemon and grapefruit, ripe stone and tropical fruits and a floral element on the nose. Highly aromatic, as is ... Learn More
  17. Corafin 'Meltwater' Marlborough Chardonnay 2019
    A rather hedonistic nose suggests ripe pears, fresh peach and oatmeal while the palate is taught and chalky with nectarine, pear and iodine notes and a driven freshness. Unmistakably Marlborough for its cleansing hit of salty goodness, this is harmonious, ... Learn More
  18. Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc 2018
    This classic wine from the Valpolicella area is made from 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese grapes. A soft, elegant wine, full in flavour. Delicately perfumed, it is reminiscent of maraschino cherries and fruits of the wood. Dry & velvety, with a good ... Learn More
  19. La Dama Valpolicella Classico 2020
    The most authentic wine of Valpolicella, here no process is made between the grapes of the vineyards and the wine on the table. It is ready to drink already in the spring following the harvest and it perfectly suits the ... Learn More
  20. Ca'Della Scala Allegretto Valpolicella Doc 2018
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
  21. Ca'Della Scala Allegretto Valpolicella Doc 2019
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
  22. Greywacke Riesling 2019
    A deliciously succulent and rich Riesling from experts in classic Marlborough varietals. Grown organically near the mouth of Brancott Valley, this vibrant and not strictly dry Riesling was grown on the kind of gravel and clay soils that are usually ... Learn More
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  23. Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Section 94 is one of the world’s most distinct wines, and regularly named New Zealand’s greatest Sauvignon Blanc. Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is firmly concentrated with deep aromas of greengages, nectarines ... Learn More
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  24. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Intense and quite weighty sauvignon blanc with passionfruit, lime zest, gooseberry, red and green capsicum and subtle oyster-shell flavours, supported by deliciously tangy acidity that drives a lengthy finish. - Bob Campbell Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
  25. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Sparkling Nv
    Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wine makers to venture into Marlborough. The famed Marlborough producer's sparkling. It's one of the best consistently from over the ditch and has genuine French-like class. Sourcing Non-Vintage sparkling wine ... Learn More
  26. Dog Point Pinot Noir 2019
    Dog Point Pinot Noir is one of the icons of Marlborough and for good reason. Winemakers Ivan and James first began their journey in the NZ wine game by starting globally-acclaimed winery Cloudy Bay. They are maestro’s at producing ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  27. Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    A ripe tropical and citrus bouquet, with underlying flinty minerality. In the mouth the wine is textural and rich from the lees aging with layers of minerals, lime, orange blossom and profound acidity balancing this dry, elegant wine. Ageing potential: 5 ... Learn More
  28. Farina Amarone della Valpolicella 2018
    Superb wine, the pride of Valpolicella Classica, born from the careful selection of grapes dried in typical fruit drying sheds for about 4 months. The meticulous care of the grapes during the drying and the right maturation first in oak barriques ... Learn More
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