Quick Facts About Sauvignon Blanc


We love Sauvignon Blanc here and it’s just as well as this vintage we celebrate 30 years of making this wine. 

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for putting New Zealand firmly on the world wine map and introducing elegant, cool climate wines to the world.  Marlborough’s warm days and cool nights create an extended growing season allowing the grapes to develop beautiful acidity.  This balances the intense varietal characteristics of ripe grapefruit, white nectarine, and tropical fruits resulting in an elegant wine that distinctly says Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.    We have over 80% of our vineyards planted in the varietal, which is testament to how much we respect this grape and the how much the world loves this wine. 

Pour a glass, put your feet up and contemplate some of these other facts about Sauvignon Blanc

  • Three-quarters of all Sauvignon Blanc is planted in Marlborough (22k+ ha), followed by Hawke’s Bay (1k+ ha) and Nelson (0.6k ha). 
  • Sauvignon Blanc was commercially produced on our shores for the first time in the 1970s.
  • It is the country’s most widely planted variety, and has established itself as New Zealand’s flagship wine the world over.
  • Nationally, over 25,000 hectares of vineyard land are devoted to growing the grape.
  • Sauvignon blanc comprises 72% of New Zealand’s overall wine production — and it’s 86% of what we export to the rest of the world. Total production – 302,000 tonnes.
  • It’s one of the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon. The other? Cabernet Franc.

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