Revamp for cafe, cellar starts

Surprise planned for Saint Clair revamp

Saint Clair Family Estate

Saint Clair Cellar Door and Cafe will be closing for eight weeks so it can get a fresh coat of paint and an extended kitchen.

Region ranks second in global wine poll

Wine trail

Marlborough is sitting in second place in a USA Today poll of the world’s 20 best wine regions | Vote for Marlborough

Pinot noir makes a mark

More to Marlborough than sauvignon blanc

 Kevin Judd

Greywacke founder Kevin Judd took wine reporter Chloe Winter on a tour of his pinot noir vineyards to share his story on the rise of pinot noir in Marlborough.

A drop for every season

It's now the middle of winter and we are more inclined to think rich, warming red wines - but what of our favourite white varieties?

IRD debt forced contractor's liquidation

Blenheim vineyard contracting company Vine 2 Wine fell behind in their payments to the IRD, which forced them into liquidation in May.

Growers go slow for less damage

Steam Wharf Track

Damaged wires have resulted in some Marlborough grape growers choosing to prune by hand, rather than use machines to strip them.

Vineyards struggling to find 'strong committed' workers

Teana Tongaia

Marlborough vineyard contractors are struggling to find "strong" and "committed" workers.

Region toasts return of wine conference

Marlborough to host New Zealand's largest wine conference for the third year in a row.

A wise move by an innovative company

Villa Maria

When wines from the latest vintage are released, we often see new labels being launched at the same time - and this year sees a new range of wines from the Villa Maria stable.

Malbec makes for flavoursome blend



'Great future' in low-alcohol wines

Thirteen Marlborough wine companies are investing in the industry's largest research and development project to date in low-alcohol wines.

Eating humble pie with old bottle of mead


Sometimes our role as wine reviewers can see us being put on the spot when someone hands us a glass and asks us to name the wine.

Quality and quantity in record harvest

A combination of great weather and high demand led to a record wine harvest in Marlborough.

Vines make room for $17m extension

Awatere Valley Rd

Millions of dollars are being invested in winery extensions in Marlborough to meet demand.

IRD liquidates vine contractor

Blenheim contractors Vine 2 Wine have been forced into liquidation after six years in business.

Top quality tipped despite April rains


Despite challenges from the late season rain, Marlborough winemakers are positive about the 2014 vintage, Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens says.

Bottle lines go into full production

Sam Carter

With pruning well under way and wine fermenting in tanks and barrels, bottling lines throughout the country are working non-stop to get Marlborough's 2014 vintage to market.

Talks on job cuts at winery


Treasury Wine Estates, who own Matua Marlborough, will speak to those affected by plans to axe 175 jobs.

Tried-and-trusted wine celebrates 80 years

It's fun to try new brands and broaden your wine tasting horizon by sampling new varietals. However, there's also something reassuring about being able to reach for a reliable - tried and trusted - brand.

Winery's growth requires investors

Isabel Estate winery owners are calling for investors to buy shares in the company to help them expand their business.

Mysteries of blending

Marlborough Room at the Jim Fraser Centre

DEBORAH WALTON-DERRY - The Marlborough Express

When I was a girl my introduction to red wine was typical of its time.

Our wine is a big draw

 The Loft

NZ wine is hugely popular overseas, and it's bringing more and more people to our shores.

Inaugural sav blanc forum set for 2016

CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

New Zealand Winegrowers is to hold Marlborough's -and New Zealand's - first sauvignon blanc conference in early 2016.

Wine tourism to get Air NZ push

Air New Zealand and New Zealand Winegrowers have teamed up to help boost wine tourism throughout the country, including Marlborough.

Oaked sauvignon blanc a showstopper

CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

TerraVin Wines entered the International Wine Competition for the first time this year and it has paid off, with its 2011 Te Ahu being named International Sauvignon Blanc for 2014. 

#SauvBlanc creates a worldwide buzz


International Sauvignon Blanc Day got off to a super start in Marlborough on Friday.

Mission an unlikely pioneer for pinot

When we think of New Zealand pinot noir, we tend to think south - from Martinborough at the southern end of the North Island to Otago in the deep south.

Early start for United Nations of vine workers


CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

Marlborough's autumn colours are slowly disappearing as vine-pruning contractors move in to prepare the vineyards for next season's growth.

Do medals matter?

Behind the signs of award-winning wines

 Kaikoura Hospital

Do the medals awarded to our wines matter or do they just attract the consumer to something bright and sparkly?

Expansion under way at Foley Family Wines

Shennae O’Boyle

CHLOE WINTER - The Marlborough Express

Contractors began work at Foley Family Wines in Marlborough yesterday to make way for a new bottling warehouse.

A weekend in wine country

cole pear

Nelson wine columnist Neil Hodgson spends a long weekend in Marlborough enjoying the wine and food the region has to offer.

Three of the best

Jeff Clarke

Let's have a look at three pinots, all from one place, but each a little different from its stablemates.

Wine with a good nose for history


It has been a while since we've reviewed Spanish garnacha (grenache as it's known here), so when I bought a bottle of Zorzal, it seemed a good idea to share the tasting experience.

Lion pounces on Morton Estate brand

The Morton Estate wine brand, including its Stone Creek vineyard in Blenheim, has been bought by Lion New Zealand.

Record crop expected as wine exports pass $1.3b

Wairau Plains vineyard

Wine exports punched through the $1.3 billion figure in 2013, and next year's revenues are expected to be better still.

Excess fruit cut to ground

A Marlborough winery that capped its fruit intake has made the heartbreaking decision to drop excess fruit to the ground.

Artistry comes on at full blast

Jeremy McCormick

When Jeremy McCormick picked up a waterblaster he never thought it would trigger his artistic side.

New fees a big cost for some premises

Wine sales

New liquor licensing fees could cost on and off-licence premises an extra $4700 to renew their liquor licence for three years.

Harvest: it's a team thing


It has been a good season in Marlborough, but the hardest yards are usually the last yards

Awards chance

The closing date for entries in the 2014 New World Wine Awards has been extended to allow for new vintage wines to be entered.

Creating a new wine label

The way a product looks has a role to play in determining its success.

Nelson harvests beat rain

Nelson wineries are relieved the region's grape harvest has largely finished ahead of prolonged rain.

Rain ruins last of harvest


A Seddon vineyard worker has spoken of the frustration vineyard staff feel as heavy rain ruins harvest.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

Pierre Casenave

A French winemaker from famous Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is working his magic at Cloudy Bay's winery.

Rain keeping wine industry on its toes


Rain continues to cause stress for Marlborough's wine industry, but it's not only growers and wineries feeling the pain.

Winemakers work their magic

Winemaker Hamish Clark

The pressure is on - there are still tonnes of grapes to be brought in, and winter is closing in

Grape spills a slippery hazard

grape spill

Marlborough ratepayers have forked out more than $9000 in less than two months to clean up grape spills

Cloudy Bay in Central Otago deal

World-famous winery Cloudy Bay has bought its first vineyard outside Marlborough.

Rain hampering harvest


The bad weather has put a damper on harvest, bringing some wineries to a complete standstill.

Grape growers one step ahead of soggy weather

Winery grapes

Winemakers in North Canterbury have been speed harvesting grapes to avoid rain damage
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