The largest winegrowing region in New Zealand lies on the northeastern tip of South Island. The vineyards cover 11,488 hectares of vineyards in the broad river valley of the Wairau River with the city of Blenheim in the center. On the gritty sandy soils with partly large stones on the surface are mainly the white wine varieties Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay and Riesling as Pinot Noir grown. Due to the low Rainfall and dry summer must be an artificial one irrigation respectively. In 1973, the Weinmulti put here Montana For the first time vineyards and opened up the wine growing on the South Island.
In the meantime, the fast-growing region has become famous all over the world for the white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, which are considered to be among the best in the world. She is also known for her sparkling wines and sweet wines from Riesling. There is also the custom here that non-local producers use the service of Custome crush facilities take advantage of. These on-site wineries produce must or young wine and deliver it to producers who then make the final production. Well-known producers in the field are 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.