Cloudy Bay is one of New Zealand’s most iconic premium wine estates. Its Sauvignon Blanc put New Zealand on the world wine map, forever changing the perception of ‘new world’ wines and Sauvignon Blanc as a variety.
Creation date: 1985
Estate Director: Yang Shen
Head office: Jacksons Road, 7040 Blenheim Marlborough - New Zealand
The Cloudy Bay story began in 1985 with the first vintage of its distinctive, captivating and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc. Established by Cape Mentelle founder David Hohnen, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wineries in the Marlborough region.
Cloudy Bay now produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pelorus méthode traditionnelle from its Marlborough vineyards. The quality and diversity of these wines stand as proof of Marlborough’s pedigree as a wine region.
Never content to rest on its laurels, Cloudy Bay has endeavoured to explore new frontiers. Te Koko, a barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, launched in 2000 and changed how the world saw the region’s signature grape variety.
In 2009 Cloudy Bay embarked on a new adventure, finding a second home in Central Otago. It is here Cloudy Bay exclusively produces the serious, sophisticated Te Wahi Pinot Noir.
From the beginning, the estate has focused on creating captivating wines that evoke a sense of place. With vineyards in Marlborough and Central Otago, Cloudy Bay’s wines are an invitation to discover New Zealand’s natural wonder.
Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyards sit across three sub-regions in the heart of Wairau Valley. Free-draining gravelly soils and the valley’s maritime climate come together in harmony to create the perfect conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
The resulting wines are pure, vibrant and full of concentrated stone fruit, citrus and subtle tropical characters. This is the Cloudy Bay benchmark style.
The Shack is a place for guests to enjoy the laidback luxury and down-to-earth lifestyle of Cloudy Bay.
Opened in 2012, the Shack sits on the site of the original wooden bungalow lived in by Cloudy Bay founder David Hohnen. Fire destroyed the original building in 2009, so the Estate commissioned architects Tim Greer and Paul Rolfe to create a replacement: a new, contemporary and iconic Shack.
Inspired by traditional New Zealand “bach” holiday homes, the new Shack is built from weathered steel, wood, stone and glass. The interior showcases the best of Aotearoa New Zealand art and design. New Zealand-made furniture, fittings and materials appear throughout.
The layout features a comprehensive kitchen, open living spaces and four queen ensuite bedrooms. These luxurious suites reflect the local environment: the Cape Suite, the River Suite, the Mountain Suite and the Cloud Suite. The building faces vistas of the Richmond Ranges, a breathtaking silhouette that adorns the Cloudy Bay wine label.
Quality is Cloudy Bay’s obsession, its hallmark, and its promise. Making exceptional wines takes acute attention to detail, and this extends to all aspects of wine production.
This attention to detail includes environmental impact. True to its pioneering spirit, Cloudy Bay is a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay is firmly committed to implementing good environmental practices into the management of its wine business and in the nurturing of its vineyards.
In Central Otago, Cloudy Bay’s vineyards are farmed organically. Selected Cloudy Bay Estate blocks are trialling organic practices to be rolled out across the remaining Marlborough vineyards.
“We are custodians of the land. Our job as farmers is to pass the land to the next generation in a better state than we received it.”
– Jim White, Techical Director, Cloudy Bay
Cloudy Bay’s cellar doors in both Marlborough and Central Otago offer more than wine tasting. Visitors can enjoy seasonal menus, private tours and bespoke experiences around the vineyards and wider region. Cloudy Bay also offers premium self-sufficient accommodation at The Shack in Marlborough.
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