Méthode Marlborough is a society of highly regarded Marlborough producers; established with the aim to communicate the quality and heritage of Marlborough traditional method sparkling wines.
The purpose of Méthode Marlborough is to educate consumers and trade on why and how Marlborough sparkling wines differ from other styles. Variations of quality in sparkling wines are the result of tangible winemaking techniques. All ‘Méthode Marlborough’ wines are made in the traditional method which means the second fermentation is in the bottle, followed by the intricate riddling and disgorging process. This produces the finest and most persistent bead. Additionally, all these wines are aged for a minimum of 18 months before disgorging takes place. This allows complex flavours to develop, balancing fresh and fruit driven character with savoury notes of toast and brioche. On average, Méthode Marlborough members age their sparkling wine for 36 months, with several hitting the 7 to 10 year mark regularly!
Méthode Marlborough is dedicated to promoting wines made only from Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. This trio of varieties is internationally recognised by sparkling winemakers for producing a benchmark style.
A collaborative approach has been the driving force for the formation of the group.
Méthode Marlborough is always open to new members.
Criteria for membership is as follows:
Wines must be grown, bottled, matured and disgorged in Marlborough
Wines must be made using the traditional method of production
Wines must be produced with classic sparkling varieties only (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier)
Wines must be aged for a minimum of 18 months on lees to the first disgorgement of any batch