Near the inland end of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough lies Omaka, the setting for the Old Schoolhouse Vineyard, where the grapes for Bird wines are grown exclusively.
Marlborough, New Zealand is heaven for winemakers. It’s cool, sunny, pristine and one of the world’s best places to grow grapes. Marlborough lies at the north eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, at latitude 41 degrees south. While this is comparable to the latitudes of warm European wine regions such as Italy and Spain, the cool ocean around New Zealand means Marlborough is firmly at the cool end of the winegrowing spectrum. Initially, New Zealand’s reputation was built on the astounding qualities of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. In the last two decades, other aromatic white varieties such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris have also come to the fore. The region is also proving to be an exceptional place to grow high quality Pinot Noir. The long growing season gives the grapes time to develop vibrant varietal flavours, retaining a distinctive racy acidity in white varieties.
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