The largest wine region in New Zealand lies on the northeast tip of South Island. The vineyards cover 11,488 hectares of vineyards in the broad valley of the Wairau River with the city of Blenheim in the center. The white wines are mainly grown on the gravelly sandy soils, some with large stones on the surface Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay and Riesling such as Pinot Noir grown. Because of the low Rainfall and dry summers must be artificial irrigation respectively. In 1973 the wine multinational laid here Montana vineyards for the first time and thus opened up viticulture on the South Island.
In the meantime, the fast-growing region has become famous worldwide for its white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, which are among the best in the world. It is also known for its sparkling wines and sweet wines from Riesling. There is also a special practice here that producers outside the region use the service of Custom crush facilities take advantage of. These local wineries produce must or young wine and deliver it to producers who then complete the process. Well-known producers are in the area Cloudy Bay, Religious, Goldwater Estate. gravitas Highfield Hunter's, Isabel Estate, Jackson Estate. Montana. Morton Estate, Saint Clair, Allan Scott, Selaks, Seresin, Villa Maria, Wairau River and Wither Hills.