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Winemaking and viticulture date back to the early 1830's in New Zealand, when James Busby was producing wines on his property in Waitang. Today Marlborough region is one of the most well known areas of the world for Sauvignon Blanc. The first mention of Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough occurs 1977, when Montana had some early success with the varietal, but it was during the 1980's that the critics put Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc firmly on the winemaking map. Hawkes Bay  is the second largest grape growing area after Marlborough. There are a number of different soil types and microclimates – making it a versatile and unique region. It is New Zealand’s best non-Pinot Noir red wine area and has consistently produced New Zealand’s best Chardonnays.