Wairarapa, on the lower eastern side of the region, is Wellington's only wine district. Martinborough, as well as being a town, is also the oldest and best known wine area within the Wairarapa region.
Wellington is the official name for the large region which occupies the southern section of the North Island. Wairarapa, on the lower eastern side of the region, is Wellington's only wine district. Martinborough, as well as being a town, is also the oldest and best known wine area within the Wairarapa region.
Pinot Noir is the region's most planted and certainly most acclaimed grape variety. The success of Martinborough Pinot Noir has to a large extent driven the rapid development of this very dynamic and quality-focused region.
Climatically Wairarapa is more aligned to Marlborough than to any of the North Island regions. The success and style of its Sauvignon Blanc is evidence of this alliance. Officially New Zealand's sixth largest region, Wellington is small in production terms but makes a large contribution to the country's quality winemaking reputation.
Wine and gourmet
Take the Wairarapa Gourmet Wine Escape and experience the magic of Martinborough, at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. This is the only wine tour in New Zealand incorporating a train journey; modern carriages ensure a comfortable ride. Your informative guide will take you from the train onto the Martinborough wine village where more than thirty vineyards cluster around the village centre. Most of the region’s vineyards are small, family owned operations. The region is famous for its production of premium Pinot Noir. The tour visits four wineries, in close proximity to one another, and allows plenty of time to taste and learn more about the wines and vineyards. The tour allows time to explore Martinborough’s boutique shops and galleries. Visit the Martinborough Wine Centre and enjoy lunch at a local café. Return to the village center later in the day to enjoy a cheese platter before joining your coach transfer to the return train to Wellington.