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Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates Wines, Moët Hennessy Wine Division. The company farms 200 hectares of vines at three carefully selected sites. Vineyards planted in 1986 surround the winery in the Wairau Valley at Rapaura, with additional plantings at nearby Renwick and in the Brancott Omaka Valley's, in the southern foothills. Five long term contract growers also work closely with Cloudy Bay. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of riesling and gewurztraminer. The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley. It was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770.
Situated at the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, Marlborough is now the country'slargest wine region. Since the 1970's when Montana started investing hugely in the area, vineyardplanting has continued apace and the number of producers is now over a hundred. The unique combination of long, sunny days, cool nights and dry autumns enables the grapes to reach maximum phenolic ripeness while retaining their acidity. Its Sauvignon Blancs, as personified by the crisp, smokily aromatic Cloudy Bay, are now world-famous. Fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also grown.