‘Cloudy Bay Vineyards’ is arguably New Zealand’s most well-known winery. However, it was an idea born in Western Australia in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards. Today ‘Cloudy Bay’ is part of ‘Estates & Wines’ which is part of The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. The Cloudy Bay team are producing wines that truly reflect their region and strive to showcase and enhance the pure, honest integrity of New Zealand.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was the wine that put New Zealand on the international wine stage and set the reputation for incredible winemaking at an all time high. It was the country’s first internationally exported wine, and set the standard. This is because it’s crisp, elegant and intense tropical fruit flavours were such a drastic change from the Old World style of Sauvignon. From it’s first export over a decade ago it sold so quickly that it was near impossible to get a hold of at any one time. In the following years ‘Cloudy Bay’ has bumped up grape volume for export, but not skimped out on quality.
Cloudy Bay has vineyards in both Marlborough and Central Otago – two of New Zealand’s premium wine regions. It boasts 250 hectares over four estate vineyards. It has long standing agreements with nine other growers in the Marlborough region. ‘Cloudy Bay’ has many varieties, with it’s most well known obviously being the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. They also boast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. There are smaller quantities of Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris and Sparkling.