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Escarpment, defined as a long, steep slope that lies at the end of a plateau, is our unique place within Martinborough. Big open skies stretch across the Wairarapa, ‘glistening waters’ in te reo Māori, and the ancient alluvial soils run deep beneath the land. There is natural balance here.

At Escarpment Winery, the purpose is to translate that balance into wines that reflect these special attributes, this special part of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Over the last 35 years, they have created expressions of Martinborough, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Sculpted by Winemaker Tim Bourne and Viticulturist Rowan Hoskins from fruit entirely originating from Martinborough vineyards on the fabled alluvial gravels. Focused on creating wines with an identifiable structure, complexity and fruit expression that reflect their distinctive sites and their regional Martinborough accent.

'Te Muna' in Māori, means 'secret' or 'special place' and to us at Escarpment that is exactly how we feel about the land and what it means to live, grow and make wine there. 


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