Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wine makers to venture into Marlborough. At the time, it was almost an unimaginable place to set-up a vineyard. But Cloudy Bay’s founder – David Hohnen – was convinced of its potential to produce great wine and invested in the best land of the region. Since then, Marlborough has risen to become New Zealand’s leading wine region, as well as one of the finest winemaking locations in the world.

The winery was named after Cloudy Bay, a body of water explorer Captain James Cook came across during his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. His discovery coincided with flooding in the region, which washed large amounts of sediment into the sea. Noticing the water’s opaque appearance, Cook cleverly christened the area Cloudy Bay.

Today, Cloudy Bay not only captures the essence of Marlborough but also embodies New Zealand’s luxury to the world. The luxury of space and time, of intimate moments and nature’s rarest qualities.

The Pinnacle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

We are delighted to launch our 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, which is the product of a most extraordinary year.

The growing season of 2019/2020 was close to ideal and the fruit came into the winery was as close to perfect as could be imagined. On the 25th March, however, just at the beginning of harvest, New Zealand went into lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic. The wine industry was fortunately permitted to work to bring in the grapes, but under extremely challenging conditions.

Yang Shen, Estate Director for Cloudy Bay says,  “While the conditions under which we worked were far from ideal, we feel so privileged to have been allowed to work and bring in this amazing vintage. We couldn’t have done it without the hard work and dedication of our team, who worked diligently and professionally despite the additional stress that the Covid restrictions added. This vintage will always be memorable, because of what we went through to make it happen, but we believe it will also be memorable as one of Cloudy Bay’s best vintages.”

This video celebrates both the wine and those that worked so hard to make it.