While it has become a familiar name worldwide for Sauvignon Blanc, the region’s most planted grape variety, Marlborough is also renowned for its Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling as the free-draining, alluvial loams over gravelly sub-soils in the Wairau, Waihopai and Awatere valleys provide ideal growing conditions.
For Babich Wines, Marlborough makes a heavy contribution to the company’s portfolio. Babich has invested in substantial vineyard land and in production facilities.
Babich’s Marlborough vineyards total 431.62-hectares (1066.53 acres).
Built in 2013 this 6000 tonne capacity winery is the processing facility for all of our Marlborough vineyards.
Sauvignon Blanc – 42 hectares / 104 acres
A spectacular terraced site with sandy loam soils above the Awatere River. This particularly free-draining vineyard planted exclusively with Sauvignon Blanc has a frost-free microclimate that is ideal for grape growing.
Sauvignon Blanc – 80 hectares / 197 acres
Situated west of the Wairau Village, the Pennarth Farm Vineyard was developed in 2017 with 60 Hectares of Sauvignon Blanc. This is the coolest and latest ripening of the Babich Family Estates vineyards.
Sauvignon Blanc – 64 hectares / 158 acres
The Tetley Brook Vineyard (64 hectares) is planted exclusively in Sauvignon Blanc in a north sloping valley sheltered from cold southerly winds by surrounding hills.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Albariño and Gewurztraminer – 60 hectares / 148 acres
Planted on lighter loam soil over underlying gravel, this vineyard has plantings of several varieties. The vineyard is certified Organic (Biogro) across the entire site.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris – (26 hectares / 64 acres)
The slightly heavier soil produces grapes that are ideal for blending with fruit grown on lighter, gravelly soils.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir – 66 hectares / 163 acres
Glacial outwash, forming free draining clay loams soils are perfect for growing Pinot Noir as well as the aromatic varieties.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris – 94 hectares / 232 acres
Echelon is an elevated 94Ha. property overlooking the controversial Waihopai Valley surveillance base. Deep silt loam “Jordan” soils over underlying clay rather than gravel are a feature of the site which is planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.