We grow, and source our wines from the most beloved New Zealand wine regions. Think Marlborough for expressive, pungent Sauvignon Blanc and delicious cool climate Chardonnay. Sunny Hawke's Bay for bright, full bodied red wines. And Central Otago for structured, savoury Pinot Noir.
It’s no wonder Marlborough, the home of Montford Estate, put New Zealand wine on the world map. A powerful, exciting, combination of a cool yet high sunshine climate, low rainfall and free-draining, moderately fertile soil and diverse miso-climates, produces uniquely vivid wines, that once tasted, are never forgotten.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region, with around two thirds of the country’s wine crafted here. From expressive, distinctive Sauvignon Blanc that rivals the best in the world, to exquisite, vibrant and fruit-forward Pinot Noir, to intense, ripe and sophisticated Chardonnay, and vivacious aromatics such as Pinot Gris, Marlborough produces a range of wine varietals that are all outstanding and highly regarded the world over.
The high sunshine hours, cool nights, and clean waters also mean that many other popular foods thrive here too; Marlborough cherries are famous around New Zealand, and Marlborough salmon and blue cod fish is some of the best in the world.
With its temperate climate, and plentiful sunshine, the Hawke’s Bay region, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island produces consistently impressive red wines.
A relatively large and diverse region, capable of producing a wide range of varieties to a very high standard, Hawke’s Bay is best known for its red blends, like the stunning Montford Estate Merlot-Cabernet.
Hawke’s Bay is home to an outstanding wine tourism culture and offers a wide variety of cellar door experiences as well as regular food and wine festivals.
And it’s not just grapes that thrive in the Hawke’s Bay; there is a hugely diverse fruit-growing scene in the region. From apples, to Kiwifruit, to oranges and more, the sunny Hawke’s Bay grows everything you could want from a ‘food bowl’ region.
With its distinctive mountainous terrain, and extreme climate, Central Otago produces some of the world’s best, and most renowned, Pinot Noir.
All of the main winegrowing sub-regions lie within close reach, with the distinctive mountainous terrain providing each with a unique climate, aspect and altitude.
Pinot Noir is the region’s flagship variety whose reputation increases as the region and its vines mature. Fragrant, lush fruit underpinned by taut structure, silky texture and true intensity.
And like Marlborough, and Hawke’s Bay, Central Otago is not a one-trick pony for growing exceptional produce. Stonefruit is one of the region’s biggest sectors aside from grapes, and if you’ve ever tried a Central Otago plum, cherry, or apricot, you’ll know why.