Larry McKenna, otherwise known as Larry McPinot, is the man behind Escarpment. His name goes hand-in-hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Escarpment is registered as a Sustainable NZ producer and is currently following a five year plan to become organically certified.

The vineyards are sited above a natural escarpment above the Huangarua River on ancient gravels. Overlooking them are the Aorangi Ranges where Maori legend has it that the Polynesian voyager Kupe abandoned three canoes. The upturned canoes are still clearly visible, silhouetted along the top of the ridge and Kupe's silhouette takes pride of place on every Escarpment label.

After 21 years winemaking experience in Martinborough, Larry is now defining the terroir of the Martinborough geographic region with his exciting range of single vineyard wines. In his understated way, Larry says, "I was awarded the George Fistonich medal by the NZ International Wine Show. It's one of those life time achievement things you get when you have been around too long."





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