Clos Henri Vineyard: A unique winery experience in Marlborough, New Zealand
Clos Henri Vineyard is a family-owned winery located in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand.
Run by the famous Sancerre wine-growing family of Henri Bourgeois, the vineyard specializes in terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Tasting room in a charming old chapel
The winery's tasting room is set in a charming old chapel amongst the vines, providing a unique and attractive atmosphere for visitors. The wine tasting includes two Sauvignon Blanc and two Pinot Noir, which will take visitors on a journey around the estate and reveal the specificity of each type of soil. They will learn how it expresses itself through these two wine varieties.
Unique soil types shape Clos Henri wines
The Clos Henri estate features three unique soil types on-site that shape the different styles of Clos Henri wines. The Bourgeois family sought a site like their own in Sancerre where ultra-premium Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir could be grown. They undertook a lengthy world search of possible wine regions and after extensive exploration, Marlborough presented itself with appropriate soil matches for the varieties here in the Wairau Valley.
Organic and sustainable winery
Visitors can enjoy a wine tasting experience at Clos Henri Vineyard for a fee of $5.00 per adult. The winery is sustainably run and produces wine organically, with respect for the natural world, and the people involved in the process. The winery was built in 2009, and the first vintage took place in March of that year.
When to visit Clos Henri Vineyard
Clos Henri Vineyard is open to visitors year-round, with the best time to visit in the summer from December to February when the vineyard is in the midst of the harvesting season. Nonetheless, it still makes for a charming experience in the winter months of June to August with the vines displaying a rare, dramatic foliage change for guests to witness.
How to get to Clos Henri Vineyard
The winery is located at 639 State Highway 63, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand, which is just 10 minutes from Blenheim and one hour from Nelson. Guests can rent a car from Blenheim or Nelson to get there, or catch a direct flight to Blenheim or Picton airport. Clos Henri Vineyard is located about 20 minutes from the airport.