Marlborough is New Zealand’s most well-known wine region. Located at the top of the South Island, this region is the home to more than 500 growers and produces more than three-quarters of all of the country's total wine. Broken into three sub-regions, with the two main valleys Wairau and Awatere and the newer plantings in the slopes in the Southern Valleys. With a moderate maritime climate, the region is famous for producing pungent, zesty white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. Other popular varietals here are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris.