Marlborough has four very distinct seasons, each with its own climate – though sunshine is the common, very welcome factor throughout the year.
This year spring has arrived in Marlborough a little earlier than September. Cherry blossoms, frolicking lambs, snow-capped mountains against a blue sky, warm afternoons on a lawn or veranda sipping the latest vintage Sauvignon Blanc - this is how Marlborough does spring, and it does it very well indeed.
Not only the cherries, but also the almond, apricot and many other fruit trees - in Marlborough’s orchards and parks alike - are brimming with colour. Visit us in late spring, and you might just be able to sample, or even pick, some of these naturally delicious treats straight from the tree.
Here at the Lodge one of our favourite spring vistas is from Spring Creek, which runs through the estate, looking south west where the Lodge is framed by fields of daffodils.
Perhaps less visible, but certainly very important, are the tiny, delicate green buds forming and sprouting on the grape vines that mark the most tender beginnings of what will, in just a few months, be Marlborough’s next vintage.
This is called “bud burst”, the end of the vines’ dormant winter stage, and the first variety to do so is Chardonnay, then Pinot Noir, with Sauvignon Blanc following two to three weeks later.
It’s essential for our viticulturists to protect these precious beginnings of their future crop and many spend long nights on frost watch: The impressive outline of hovering helicopters and spinning frost fans against the sunrise, working hard to keep the frost of vines by creating an inversion layer, is a familiar Marlborough spring scene.
What follows is flowering, then fruit set, ripening (veraison) and - the grand finale to the cycle that Marlborough is so finely tuned to - harvest.
From The Marlborough Lodge, the growing process is something you can observe first-hand. From within our expansive grounds are not only parklike gardens, but also some of the vineyards that create our world-class wines and all around, and accessible to you, are the local wineries, and winemakers, who make the magic happen.
To dive into Marlborough wine, simply book a wine tour, or drive, bike or walk to the nearest winery from the lodge, to find out all the interesting behind-the-scenes goings-on about our large and vibrant wine industry, from the people who make it happen.
And when you’ve had your fill of wine for the day (is there such a thing?), you could do something completely different and head north to Picton for an afternoon in the warm sunshine by the sea, or perhaps get out on the water for a seafood cruise - you’ll quickly be convinced it’s already summer.
See our Spring into Spring package and join us to enjoy this beautiful season.