The Climate

The climate of the Awatere Valley - very dry and very sunny - perfectly complements the terroir.

Marlborough, in many years the sunniest region of New Zealand, is famous for its climate with an average rainfall of just 650 mm per annum. The drought is due to the Föhn effect, when the air masses lose their water excess on the west side of the range of mountains (The Southern Alps) before flowing down into the valleys of Marlborough.

Frost risk does exist, but the location of Clos Marguerite benefits from both the cold air flowing down and out of the valley and the relative proximity of the sea (visible from the vineyard).