Wine lovers at the Marlborough Wine Festival, Brancott Estate Winery, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand..Over 8000 wine and food lovers attend New Zealand's most popular and successful wine festival showcasing the regions best wines produced by around 110 wineries. Festival goers get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of wines and local foods at Marlborough's Brancott Estate winery. For the wine aficionados there are two wine tutorials from the region's leading winemakers and viticulturist. The festival includes a fashion in the vines competition and live music throughout the day.
The Marlborough wine region is New Zealand's largest wine producer and has earned a global reputation for viticultural excellence since the 1970s. It has an enviable international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. It also makes very good Chardonnay and Riesling and is fast developing a reputation for high quality Pinot Noir. Of the region's ten thousand hectares of grapes (almost half the national crop) one third are planted in Sauvignon Blanc. . Marlborough, New Zealand, 12th February 2011. Photo Tim Clayton.