It’s sometimes difficult to remember a Marlborough landscape without hundreds of thousands of vines. We’ve come a long way since the 1970s, when grazing pastures for livestock first began to give way to vines.
It’s been a tremendous journey and the wine industry has grown to such an extent in Marlborough, that our region represents 77% of total vineyard area in the country. Late last year, at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Marlborough wines took out nine of the 18 trophies, 19 of the 36 pure elite gold medals and the only elite gold medal awarded.
Wine is New Zealand’s largest horticultural export by value and is sold in over 80 countries. But the journey is far from over with wine exports on track for $2 billion in earnings by 2020.
At Bayleys Marlborough we’re proud to have some involvement with this key industry in our region, as we help others board the express train to dreams come true.
As the chosen real estate agent for many clients marketing their vineyard properties, we have a fine cellar of properties available for those who wish to become involved in or expand their interests in the viticulture industry.
At the time of writing this blog we have no fewer than nine producing vineyards on our books. Among these is a very special pioneering Marlborough vineyard, Francis Estate Vineyard, the first farmland to be planted with grapes in the Flaxbourne area.
Located 50km south of Blenheim, a comfortable 35 minute commute via State Highway One, the 87 hectare (Subject to Survey) property comprises of an established 18 hectare vineyard.
A large storage dam provides insurance for the summer dry with sufficient capacity for irrigation and further development.
The Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wine from the vineyard has won numerous accolades and awards, the sale includes short-term supply contracts with Marlborough wine companies.
A substantial executive residence, a 395sqm modern homestead built in 2007, is positioned on an elevated site overlooking the vineyard. Stylish kitchen, multiple living and outdoor entertaining areas, generous garaging and separate office.
Andy Poswillo from our dedicated rural and viticulture team believes there is room to increase production, with the benefit of an additional 37 hectare of contiguous flat productive land yet to be converted into grapes.
If you yearn to be part of this exciting industry, contact Andy.