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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Blenheim and its viticulture industry. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The Wairau River dominates the plains around Blenheim -- and its waters have sometimes flooded the town. But it is also the source of the free-draining stony soils that have proved ideal for growing grapes for wine, leading to international success for Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Over 20,000 hectares of the region are planted in vineyards.

Marlborough region: the grape revolution,



Kevin Judd with Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Wine Success for Blenheim - Roadside Stories