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Bladen Hand-crafted Wines

Marlborough, New Zealand

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More About This Winery

Location

The stony, free-draining old riverbed soils of Marlborough in New Zealand are home to Christine and Dave, and their son Blair Macdonald’s Bladen Handcrafted Wines. The astonishing beauty of the vineyard’s setting is only surpassed by the delicacy of their wines, which demonstrate the very best qualities of this internationally-acclaimed region.

The vines and the beautiful Richmond Ranges

How We Met

Although many cellar door customers arrive at Bladen by bicycle, we drove there during a Marlborough road trip after a glowing review of the winery from a NZ wine scene heavyweight. Welcomed with a cup of tea, we were enchanted by Dave and Christine’s kindness and the extraordinary quality of their limited-run wines.

The Makers Of Marlborough

Marlborough is synonymous with sauvignon blanc, but Christine and Dave arrived well before the region found global fame. Since the late ’80s they have made exquisite pinot noir, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, pinot rosé, riesling, and sauvignon blanc from this soil – influenced by the land and the tenets of fine winemaking, and never swayed by trends. 

Hand Planted And Hand Tended

The vineyard is the first love at Bladen. Every vine on their eight-hectare allotment – which supplies a good portion of the winery’s grapes – was hand-planted by Dave and Christine who continue to live by the adage that the best wine is made in the vineyard.

Welcome Home

As Marlborough has grown and evolved around them, Dave and Christine have remained steadfastly small. Their cellar door is nestled behind their home and the pair take it in turns to attend to visitors – ever-eager to combine good wine with good hospitality.