One of the great things to work in cruise ship that is surely Travel of the world. l could not even count how many port l have visited during my first contract on-board Queen Victoria. l had a chance to see beautiful wine region Marlborough, when ship docked to the Picton Port where is a small pretty town of Marlborough. Thanks to Jane Hunter who is president of Hunter's winery that she arranged a short period winery tour for Queen Victoria's Sommeliers.
Hunter Winery has a huge reputation to represent and marketing their wines to world and Cunard is a valuable client for Hunter's because the cruise line company serving their second label wines by the glass both Stonebourn Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. That is truly big business consider the Cunard's Fleet.
Sauvignon Blanc is main grape variety in the region followed by Pinot Noir, they are also cultivating Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and even produce Sparkling wine with Traditional Method. l often serve and recommend Marlborough's Sauvignon Blanc is because light, fresh, crips, citrus fruity and of course Gooseberry aromas with frizzy finished, perfect accompany all fresh greens salads for lunch or appetizers.
Marlborough is moderated by cool nights, dry, lengthly growing seasons allows grapes to ripen while retaining fresh crisp character. l asked to June Hunter that is irrigation mandatory for all producer in the region ? She said: " No, but there is no possibility to make good wine without irrigation in the region. So, Irrigation is widespread. Gravel, sandy and alluvial loam soils are providing excellent drainage .
l would love to visit other wineries or region, but we should have to go back before the sail ship. l enjoyed tasted various of wines, breathed Marlborough weather, and maybe, little understand their vision and mission. Here is the some of pictures from winery.