Next time you are in Blenheim, Marlborough there is one place you must visit if your’e interested in the history of wine in the region. It’s the permanent Wine Exhibition at The Marlborough Museum.
The Marlborough Wine Exhibition is a permanent modern museum exhibition, showcasing the history of wine, and viticulture in Marlborough, New Zealand. The Exhibition covers wine and viticulture heritage and the exhibits include iconic, old, rare or unusual wines, interesting viticulture, and winemaking equipment, educational audio visuals, interactive displays, oral histories, memorabilia, photos, stories, wine brands, and more.
The Wine Exhibition is a must-see in the itineraries of visitors to Marlborough – wine writers, sommeliers, distributors, trade visitors, tourists, travel writers, immigrants, investors, friends and family.
Here are a few photos that I took when Glenys and I last visited. Enjoy but most of you really have to go there to appreciate the displays and wealth of information about the history of wine in Marlborough.
A wealth of information on the region’s wine history
Some old bottles in the Auntsfield Estate display.
The Screwcap debate display with Corkscrews.
The exhibit is very well laid out and well lit for viewing the exhibits.
Has environmental and ecosystem information too.
Several displays show a wide range of wines, brands and bottle types used.
Another well arranged display of many Marlborough Wine bottles / labels.
Above: A group of jars containing early grape varieties used in Marlborough.
Marlborough Museum is located in Brayshaw Park, which is about five minutes drive (or a 25 minute walk) from the centre of Blenheim. It’s open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily but closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and ANZAC Day morning until 1 p.m.
Where: Marlborough Museum, Brayshaw Park, 26 Arthur Baker Place (Off New Renwick Road) Blenheim T +64 3 578 1712 and there’s have ample free parking right outside the Museum.
We thoroughly recommend taking some time out to spend an hour here – you will not regret it.