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The largest wine-growing region in New Zealand is located on the north-eastern tip of South Island. The vineyards cover 11,488 hectares of vineyards in the wide river valley of the Wairau River with the city of Blenheim in the center. On the gravelly sandy soils with large stones on the surface, mainly the white wine varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling as well as Pinot Noir are cultivated. Due to the low rainfall and dry summers, artificial irrigation must be used. In 1973, the wine multinational Montana Wines planted vineyards here for the first time and thus opened up viticulture on the South Island. The fast-growing region has become famous worldwide above all for its white wines made of Sauvignon Blanc, which are counted among the best in the world. It is also known for its sparkling wines and noble sweet wines made from Riesling. There is also a special custom here for producers outside the region to use the services of custome crush facilities. These wineries produce must or young wine and deliver them to producers for the final production. Well-known producers are Cloudy Bay, Fromm, Goldwater Estate, Gravitas, Highfield, Hunter's, Isabel Estate, Jackson Estate, Montana, Morton Estate, Saint Clair, Allan Scott, Selaks, Seresin, Villa Maria, Wairau River, and Wither Hills.

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