A township defined by wine...
Martinborough, nestled in the rain shadow of the Tararua Ranges, is situated about 90 minutes drive north east of our capital city of Wellington and is the North Island’s driest and coolest winegrowing region. Like Hawkes Bay the region enjoys a long heritage of over 100 years of winegrowing, although the modern production of wine only started in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The region is significantly cooler than most of Hawkes Bay and has more in common with the South Island regions than its North Island neighbours.
The region developed after an extensive search by some committed individuals for the ideal soil and climate to make fine Pinot Noir. They identified an old river terrace of weathered rocky soils on the south bank of the Huangarua River, surrounding the township of Martinborough to the north and along its eastern and south-eastern boundary, that has become home to some of New Zealand’s finest Pinot Noir producers. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris have also found a niche here in this region of small artisan wine producers.
Mean January Temperature ºC : 18.4