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Merlot is a red wine variety with strong historic ties to Bordeaux and the south-west of France. It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the area in which the variety originated. The variety is now widely planted in wine regions across the world, and in terms of the volumes of wine produced internationally, it is rivaled only by its Bordeaux companion, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island, it produces around three-quarters of all the country's wine. The pungent, zesty white wines made from Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are world famous, and Marlborough is widely considered to be the New World home of the variety.
The region consists of a sunny, dry pair of valleys – the Wairau and the Awatere – which run parallel to each other. It stretches down the South Island's Pacific (east) coast from the small port town of Picton in the Marlborough Sounds to the town of Kaikoura. The long, straight Wairau Valley has more plantings than the more recently developed Awatere Valley. In 2010, Marlborough had 58,300 acres (23,600ha) under vine.... more
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