Sauvignon Blanc: The Top Regions You Should Know

Pouring Sauvignon Blanc into two glasses of wine.
Photo by Rostislav Sedlacek

One of the best shortcuts to selecting outstanding Sauvignon Blanc (or any wine for that matter) is to know the top 1 or 2 regions where it grows the best.

The top regions for Sauvignon Blanc are Loire Valley, France and Marlborough, New Zealand.

Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand

Vineyard in New Zealand with mountains in the background.
Photo by Pstedrak

The single region that makes the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world is Marlborough. Its cool to moderate climate creates the best growing conditions for these grapes.

The winemakers are so advanced with this grape that they have taken to experimenting. They harvest grapes throughout Marlborough rather than from a single plot. This allows them to create a broad range of fruit flavors from lemon and peach to passion fruit. At the same time, these wines still showcase their hallmark characteristics of dryness, high acidity, and herbaceous notes.

Best Sauvignon Blanc Brands from Marlborough

Some high-quality Sauvignon Blanc brands from this region include some popular brands like Kim Crawford along with a few under-the-radar labels.

Kim Crawford ~ $17 (Wilfred Wong 91)

Loveblock ~ $17 (Wine Spectator 90)(This one is special as the winemaker, Kim Crawford, started this brand after selling his namesake winery. He and his wife run Loveblock together. This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc…Must try!)

Nautilus ~$20 (James Suckling 92)

Geisen ~$15 (Wine Spectator 90)

Clos Henri ~$27 (James Suckling 93)

Cloudy Bay ~$29 (James Suckling 92)

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Aging Potential & Cost

Sauvignon Blanc is meant to be enjoyed within a couple of years of the vintage (year) on the bottle. Its also relatively affordable with most priced between $15-$20.