In the late 1970s, Marlborough first produced Sauvignon Blanc, among other varieties, which led to the confidence that New Zealand could produce interesting wine and the modern New Zealand wine industry was born. Today, the Marlborough wine region represents over 50% of total vineyard area in the country. The king varietal grape in Marlborough is Sauvignon Blanc, closely followed by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The strong contrast between hot sunny days and cool nights help vintners extend the ripening period of their vines like nowhere else in the world, resulting in unique expressions of their grapes. For example, Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough offer unique aromas and flavours, which earns them much praise from wine lovers around the world. At House of Townend we have a wide range of offerings from Marlborough with the famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at the heart of our portfolio.