While many immediately associate the Marlborough region when talking about New Zealand wines, another region — Martinborough — is likewise a remarkable place that any oenophile would love. It’s only an hour-drive away from Wellington and is renowned for its distinct Pinot Noirs.
If you're planning to visit this wine region, here are some must-visit wineries in Martinborough:
- The Village Café – Think of the quaint and cosy charm of Barossa or Sonoma and you get Martinborough, a veritable wine region that’s been creating some of the country’s award-winning wines for decades. Apart from securing yourself a spot on Martinborough wine tours, begin your tour with the Village Café. This is home to the Martinborough Wine Centre. You can get a sneak peek of well-known local wines that are conveniently located only 10 minutes from town.
- The Ata Rangi Winery – This is one of New Zealand’s most esteemed cellar doors. Their wine tasting room is in a quaint house, with ever-attentive staff. Ata Rangi is known for its fruit driven yet exceptionally balanced and structured Pinot Noirs. Te Kairanga, while not as famous as Ata Rangi, is likewise nearby. You have to taste their aromatic and finely floral Pinot Gris, as well as their light and elegant Pinot Noir, which are ideal to drink during cold temperatures.
- Olivo and Margrain Vineyard – Fancy a break from wine? Head to Olivo where you can stroll among olive groves and sample freshly pressed olive oils and gourmet offerings. Continue your food trip to Margrain Vineyard for a laidback gourmet fare with excellent wine pairings, as well. Don’t forget to visit Palliser Estate Wines, one of the country’s renowned producers of high-end wines, which is making Martinborough one of the must-visit wine regions in world.
If you count yourself an oenophile, connoisseur, or simply a lover of wines in general, don’t leave New Zealand without visiting Martinborough. And while it’s not as famous as Marlborough or even produce the same amount of wine, it’s a real oenophile gem that’s worth visiting.