Behind the Label
- The Maison
Cloudy Bay has almost single-handedly put New Zealand wines on the map. Its signature sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, oak-fermented Te Koko and Te Wahi pinot noir are among the benchmark wines in the Marlborough and Central Otago regions.
A Marlborough maverick
In 1985, the untamed Marlborough region was an almost unimaginable place to plant a vineyard. Convinced of its potential, Cloudy Bay founder David Hohnen became one of the first five winemakers in the region and created a blueprint that many would follow.
An expert approach
The winemakers at Cloudy Bay work with the subtleties of the land and environment to grow their vines in optimum conditions. The estate’s wines are the perfect expression of their natural setting: pure, original, and full of character.
Securing the best
Cloudy Bay has vineyards in two very different locations on New Zealand’s South Island. The Wairau Valley has free-draining gravel-based soil, which brings punch to sauvignon blanc, while Central Otago’s soil, derived from a rock called schist, is ideal for growing pinot noir.