Autumn means HARVEST TIME - the most fascinating period of the winemaking year, when grapes are being picked, fermented, and turned into wine. Join us on a MARTINBOROUGH WINE WALK for a behind-the-scenes peek into production of the premium Pinot Noir that Martinborough is world famous for ...
Your day begins with a coffee at Martinborough Wine Merchants before heading out to the vineyards, Wine Walks encompass up to five of the producers as listed below, including all tastings and lunch. Wine producers open up their wineries, the occasional special bottle, and even allow tour goers to taste wine from the barrel.
As it is possible to cater some tours - do please let us know if there is a specific producer that you wish to visit – including an exclusive olive grove visit or even a sneaky G & T on a sun-drenched verandah!
26 Rows - Ata Rangi, - Brodie Estate – Columbo - Devotus - Dry River – Escarpment – Margrain - Martinborough Vineyard - Muirlea Rise – Palliser – Poppies - Sei Cento – Schubert - Te Kairanga - Te Muna Valley Estate - Olivo Olive Grove
Tours operate every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday - BOOK NOW
The first Saturday of every month incorporates the following ...
Convening at Martinborough Wine Merchants at 10am for a coffee with your guide, the Wine Walk departs at 10.30.
A short stroll delivers you to one of Martinborough's rising stars, Devotus. With only 47 rows of premium pinot noir grapes, the wines of Devotus are often sold out. Owner Don McConachy will reveal just what it is that makes this vineyard so special.
Hip-hopping across the vineyard and adjoining paddock, your next stop is flag ship producer, Dry River. Winemaker Wilco Lam will indulge tour guests with an exclusive tasting of wines - seldom experienced, and divulge some of the practices that keep this original Martinborough producer iconic.
Across the road from Dry River is another rising star, Poppies. Established by Poppy and Shane Hammond, this cellar door, café and wedding venue is always busy and bustling. Enjoy an excellent tasting of recent release wines and a shared lunch platter, before departing for the next stop.
A few meters down the road is Schubert Wines. Having chosen Martinborough as opposed to their German homeland, Kai Schubert and Marion Demling have possibly the most extensive portfolio of export markets than any other producer. Also often sold out, Schubert wines exhibit both grace and power. This wee cellar door is also the cutest, and the service always charming.
Last stop for the day is a Martinborough contemporary industry leader, Cambridge Road. Winemaker Lance Redgewell is proudly biodynamic in his approach to natural winemaking. This is a producer that creates wine from the heart, and loves to share his philosophies to all.
Your day completes with a walk back to Martinborough Wine Merchants for a quick de-brief, and the opportunity to purchase with a discount, from a fine selection of Wairtarapa wines, local olive oils, cheeses and gifts.