Cloudy Bay - Marlborough New Zealand

Our Vineyards

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The vineyards of Cloudy Bay are located at superior sites throughout the Marlborough region to maximise the considerable diversity that exists in micro-climates and soil types. The different sites provide nuances of aroma and flavour, bringing complexity to the wines.

Cloudy Bay Estate Vineyard, Rapaura

The original Cloudy Bay Estate, converted from barren sheep and cattle country to thriving vineyard in 1986. Located on Jacksons Road, this vineyard is the home of Cloudy Bay’s Cellar Door, and is the perfect spot to capture views of the magnificent Richmond Ranges, as depicted on the Cloudy Bay label.

Planting began on this block in 1986 and after the arrival of phylloxera in Marlborough, the vineyard was replanted on grafted rootstock in 1992. The Estate vineyard is dedicated almost entirely to sauvignon blanc, with some chardonnay.

Soil type: free draining stony soils.

Widow’s Block Vineyard, Renwick

This parcel of land was originally purchased by Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin prior to forming a partnership with Cloudy Bay in 1990. It was named in honour of the widow Madame Clicquot. Half of the block was later sold to fund the purchase of the Mustang Vineyard, to bring diversity to the range of soils on the estate vineyards.

Planting began in 1998 and was completed in 2002. This vineyard is planted predominantly in sauvignon blanc with a small amount of pinot noir.

Soil type: free draining stony soils.

Mustang Vineyard, Brancott Valley

Nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Brancott Valley, this block has significantly lower rainfall and heavier soils than the Estate and Widow’s vineyards, making it particularly suitable for growing pinot noir. Spectacular views from the hill above the Mustang vineyard span 360º, taking in the greater Wairau Valley and beyond to the Pacific Ocean.

Purchased in 1994, plantings began the following year and were completed in 2002. Predominantly planted to sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, with some pinot noir and mixed Germanic varieties (gewurztraminer and pinot gris).

Soil type: fine alluvial loams containing some clay and gravels.

Barracks Block, Omaka Valley

In an exciting development, this is Cloudy Bay’s first vineyard dedicated entirely to pinot noir. The gently elevated, north facing slopes of the Barracks Block are home to the exciting new Dijon clones that will bring even more complexity to the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir wine over time.

Planting began in 2004 and continued over the following three years, with the first crop harvested in 2007.

Cloudy Bay’s Growers

In addition to the four estate vineyards, Cloudy Bay sources fruit from a small group of loyal growers, some of whom have been growing grapes for Cloudy Bay for over 20 years. Each grower works very closely with Cloudy Bay’s vineyard managers, always striving to deliver fruit in optimum condition.

 

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