Méthode Marlborough has announced it is launching the inaugural Méthode Marlborough Day this Friday, March 26, with a special event celebrating its 12 sparkling wine members.

The group says Méthode Marlborough Day is a chance to celebrate the conclusion of Marlborough’s ‘sparkling wine’ harvest, which happens earlier than that of still wine, and to recognise the superb quality of traditional method sparkling wines produced in the Marlborough region.

It is encouraging New Zealanders to choose a Méthode Traditionnelle from the range of Méthode Marlborough wines to enjoy on this day or over the weekend.

“Selecting a Méthode Marlborough is an assurance of quality when choosing a sparkling wine,” says Dan Taylor, Méthode Marlborough Chair.

“Our group is dedicated to producing sparkling wines in the traditional method of Champagne. But we are crafting our wines right here in the centre of New Zealand, so whilst you are confidently purchasing a bottle of delicious and premium Méthode, you are also supporting local.”

The fruit for sparkling wines is generally harvested earlier than that of still wine to ensure moderate sugar levels and higher acid levels.

Marlborough is known for its high sunshine hours and cool nights. It’s this combination of climate and terroir that will produce a crisp and zesty wine which can age beautifully. And it’s these ingredients that are essential for quality Méthode Traditionnelle, says Méthode Marlborough.

“When I first visited Marlborough in 1978, I was immediately convinced this was the best place in New Zealand to produce Méthode Traditionelle,” says Daniel Le Brun, owner and winemaker at No.1 Family Estate.

“The soil and the climate reminded me of Champagne in the best vintage years, yet it happens every year here in Marlborough.”

The inaugural Méthode Marlborough Day is on track to celebrate an idyllic sparkling harvest.

The 12 member wineries will be leading the way by taking a moment out of their busy day of vintage to toast each other and the year ahead.

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