The Wairau River dominates the plains around Blenheim – and its waters have sometimes flooded the town. But it is also the source of the free-draining stony soils that have proved ideal for growing grapes for wine, leading to international success for Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Over 20,000 hectares of the region are planted in vineyards.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Marlborough wine. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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