Drylands is the Marlborough Winery of Constellation New Zealand, the home of the Drylands Vineyard and the Drylands brand. Originally a small winery, recent significant improvements have grown Drylands to an impressive 14,000 tonne state-of-the-art winery capable of handling large volumes as well as "boutique" parcels.
Drylands Vineyard is situated near the middle of the Wairau Valley Region, 30m above sea level, surrounding the Drylands Winery in Hammerichs Road, Blenheim. The current Winery Block comprises 43ha Sauvignon Blanc, 1.5ha Semillon, and 1.5ha Chardonnay. The region immediately adjacent to the winery buildings has some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines, going back to 1980.
This vineyard produces Sauvignon Blanc with intensely herbal and some sweaty characters. Fruit from the alluvial silts produce aroma and racy characters while fruit from the stonier sites has a textural character. Fruit from this vineyard shows traditional, typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc characters. This vineyard now has Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand Accreditation.
The Wairau River, from which the Wairau plains are formed, has meandered across the valley floor during the past centuries. This has left behind an intricate pattern of gravels and silts which have been laid down. These changes in soils can occur within short distances and often more than once in any particular vineyard block. Drylands Vineyard is like this, with river gravels and pockets of silt occurring sometimes within the same row of grapes.
Drylands brand is a super premium range of Marlborough varietals made from grapes predominantly drawn from the Drylands and surrounding Rapaura area vineyards. The wines are an excellent expression of the Marlborough style.