Clifford Bay Estate

Our home is the famed Marlborough winegrowing region on New Zealand’s South Island. Our name comes from nearby Clifford Bay, located at the eastern entrance of the Cook Strait and the Tasman Sea. To the north are the stunning White Cliffs and beyond that is Cloudy Bay. Since our first vintage in 1997 we have worked diligently to produce fruit-driven wines that are finely balanced, refreshing and pure.

We are focused on preserving both varietal character and regional accuracy in all of our wines. Our winemaking regime has evolved to emphasize the inherent freshness, balance and structure of our fruit. After harvest, the white grapes are gently pressed, fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to ensure freshness, bright aromatics, lush textures and balance. For Pinot Noir we use a combination of traditional and modern methods to emphasize both flavour and elegance. Our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are aged exclusively in French oak.

Our Quality Starts Here

We harvest fruit from both estate and grower vineyards located in Marlborough’s two marquee regions: the Awatere and Wairau Valleys. All of our vineyards are Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand certified.

Awatere Valley

This region takes its name from the local river and is the cooler of the two regions. It features a unique stony Greywacke alluvium soil that is well draining and ideal for grapes. Wines from Awatere tend to be high toned, ethereal, vibrant and minerally.

Wairau Valley

Located to the north of Awatere, this region derives its name from the Wairau River which flows from the mountains in the west to the ocean at Cloudy Bay. It possesses shallow, stony, fast-draining soils that encourage low yields and powerful, bracing wines.

Wine Awards

  • Clifford Bay Awatere Riesling 2006 (Trophy Winner) (Liquorland Top 100 2007, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Clifford Bay Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Liquorland Top 100 2007, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Clifford Bay Estate Single Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2003 (Trophy for Champion Riesling) (Royal Easter Wine Show 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2008, Gold and Trophy Winners)
  • Clifford Bay Riesling 2006 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2008, Gold and Trophy Winners)
  • Clifford Bay Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009, TROPHY (Royal Easter Wine Show 2010, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
  • Clifford Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2002 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2003, Award Winning Wines)
  • Clifford Bay Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2006, Award Winning Wines)
  • Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2009, Award Winning Wines)
  • CLIFFORD BAY - MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR - 2011 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2013, Award Winning Wines)
  • Clifford Bay Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2006, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Clifford Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2008)
  • Clifford Bay Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2003 (International Wine Challenge 2004)
  • Clifford Bay Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 (International Wine Challenge 2005, New Zealand wines – gold and silver medals)
  • Clifford Bay Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2006)
  • Clifford Bay Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 (International Wine Challenge 2010)

26 Rapaura Rd
Blenheim 7273
Marlborough

P: +64 3 572 8200

CONTACT: Clifford Bay