Mondrians Restaurant & Bar

The Wines of Marlborough

In 1873, long before the modern day vintners recognised the extraordinary potential to produce great wine in this region, pioneering Scottish farmer and grape grower David Herd planted Marlborough's first vineyard. It was to be another 100 years before the development of viticulture in Marlborough on a commercial scale.

in 1973 there were no vines left in Marlborough until Frank Yukich of Montana had the vision of developing Marlborough into a major wine producing region. He secretly brought almost 1200 hectares of land in the Wairau Valley only revealing his true intentions after the deal had been done. His foresight was later backed up by a report from leading authorities stating that Marlborough had the best potential for grape growing in the country.

Many other pioneers of Marlborough wine followed soon afterwards including the likes of Ernie Hunter at Hunter Wines whose wines were the first to have a major impact in International Competitions and David Hohnen who created a cult following for his Cloudy Bay wines. Marlborough's wines, particularly it's Sauvignon Blanc, were soon getting rave reviews and the region soon became the darling of the wine world.

Marlborough is now the largest wine-growing region in New Zealand producing about 70% of the country's fruit. Currently there are more than 9000 hectares of vineyards.

Those same climatic and soil qualities that ensure the success of the region's wines, also help to produce fine fruits and vegetables, seafood, meats and dairy products which have collectively earned Marlborough the title "Gourmet Province of New Zealand."

With our winelist and menu we hope to give you a snapshot of what Marlborough has to offer. Heading the wine list is an offering from Villa Maria Estate; one of New Zealand's most accomplished and respected wineries. We have also tried to include many small boutique vineyards and wines such as Gibson Bridge and Stanley Estate in order to demonstrate the variety and the consistent high quality to be found here.

We hope you enjoy your selection and if you would like any more information on these wines, whether it be directions to the vineyard or tasting notes of the wines, then do not hesitate to ask. 



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