Martinborough Food Guide
October 11, 2012 2:41:19 PM
Peppers Parehua, Martinborough - Food Heroes
Experience the best of delectable food and wine in the Wairarapa region at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. The historic village of Martinborough is surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling vineyards located at the centre of four charming towns of Featherston, Greytown, Carterton and Masterton. Discover a rich blend of history, art galleries and boutique stores and sample the many colours and flavours of the finest wines and produce just a short stroll from Peppers Parehua Martinborough, while enjoying the dramatic vistas.
Pavilion Restaurant, Peppers Parehua onsite restaurant
Relax and indulge in Peppers Parehua Martinborough’s intimate dining room and take pleasure in a deliciously intriguing menu overlooking the meticulous gardens of the country estate. Whether you choose from our a la carte lunch service or a defined six-course degustation menu. Let the team cater to your every whim. Bookings essential.
Address: Peppers Parehua, New York Street West, Martinborough
Phone: +64 6 306 84050
Tranzit Tours – Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour
Hosted by a local guide, discover the best of Martinborough and meet some of the passionate owners and winemakers behind the vineyards with a personalised and intimate tour. Experience four boutique award-winning Martinborough vineyards complete with wine tastings, a delicious gourmet antipasto lunch in the charming wine village, gourmet delights and a tasty cheese platter and coffee. Relax and let your taste buds do the work.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: Receive 10% off a tour when you let our team arrange this for you.
Phone: 0800 471 227
Ata Rangi is a small, family owned winery with a big reputation for serious Pinot Noir. Founder Clive Paton planted his first vines on a scruffy sheep paddock at the northern edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered wine-growing in the fledgling region. The flagship wine is undoubtedly Ata Rangi Pinot Noir which in 2010 was honoured with the inaugural TipurangaTeitei o Aotearoa, or ‘Grand Cru of New Zealand‘. With a skilled team in place, including globally respected winemaker Helen Masters, Clive now has more time to focus on his huge commitment to conservation. Open 1pm-3pm weekdays, noon to 4pm weekends and public holidays.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: We suggest you visit their welcoming cellar door to enjoy a tasting of at least six of their finest wines. Bring a bottle of Ata Rangi wine back to enjoy with dinner at Pavilion Restaurant and receive complimentary corkage.
Address: 14 Puruatanga Road, Martinborough
Phone: +64 6 306 9570
Miles and Janet King of Kingsmeade Cheese have acquired notoriety fortheir artisan cheese made from their own flock of East Friesian milkingsheep and for cheese from the jersey herd down the road. Using this
local milk the cheeses have a distinct flavour and character and namesto reflect the Wairarapa, such as Mt Bruce Havarti, Wairarapa Jack,Ngawi Brie and Castlepoint Feta. These are not cheeses to be trifled
with - distinctive, earthy, gutsy cheese with real taste! Meet the cheesermaker himself at the Wairarapa Farmers Market in Masterton or find Janet in The Kingsmeade Deli.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: We suggest you try the Sunset Blue, a warm buttery texture with a hint of lime when you visit the deli or try the ngawi brie and tinui blue as part of our regional tasting platter.
Address: The Kingsmeade Deli, 8 First Street, Lansdowne
Phone: +64 6 378 7178
March Hare Cycling
A great way to experience the gourmet delights of Martinborough is with March Hare Cycling’s ‘Picnic and Pedal’ package. Spend an afternoon cycling at your leisure between award-winning vineyards, picnicking in the Martinborough sunshine and meandering along country roads whilst exploring this quaint wine village on their top quality bikes. Sample boutique wines and olive oils and linger somewhere special with their delicious picnic of local deli fare.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: We suggest you take a backpack to collect any wine you may purchase on the way as your basket won’t hold enough!
Address: March Hare conveniently departs from the Martinboroughi-SITE, located on Kitchener Street, Martinborough
Phone: +64 21 668 970
Olivo Olive Oil
Olivo is a family run olive grove on the outskirts of the Martinborough Wine Village. It is one of the oldest commercial olive groves in New Zealand and has been run for the last 10 years by Helen and John Meehan who left their corporate lives to try success in a different venture. Their extra virgin olive oil estate blend has won awards since 2003 and they are well known for their innovative range of infused oils from fennel to vanilla and cinnamon. The grove covers 6 hectares with 1200 trees and lovely gardens. Open by appointment, bookings essential.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: Helen and John invite you to tour the grove, learn about the oliveyear and taste the range of oils with some spectacular recipe ideaswhen you let our team arrange this for you.
Address: Hinakura Road, Martinborough
Phone: +64 6 306 9074
Moon over Martinborough
'Moon over Martinborough' is a cold pressed, unfiltered, and organically grown extra virgin olive oil. The grove produces two high-quality, artisan blends with a focus on quality, not quantity. 'Moon over Martinborough' is also the name of Jared Gulian's award-winning storytelling blog about being an expat American city boy on a tiny olive farm in rural New Zealand. Read hilarious and heartwarming tales of animals, olives, and food. Learn about how the olive oil is made and get to know the growers. Featured on Radio New Zealand's Country Life, in Taste Magazine and a book based on the blog will be published by Random House NZ in June 2013. The olive grove is situated near the banks of Huangarua River just outside the charming wine village of Martinborough, in the cradle of the sunny Wairarapa valley. While the grove is not open to visitors, you can taste and purchase from Martinborough Wine Centre.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: Purchase a bottle of ‘Moon over Martinborough’ Olive Oil to enjoy with dinner at Pavillion Restaurant and receive complimentary bread for dipping.
Address: 6 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
Discover a unique blend of gourmet hand-made chocolates with Schoc Chocolate. Murray Langham has set out to combine the joy and health benefits of consuming quality chocolate. The Schoc range includes over 85 flavours of tablets, truffles, moulded and dipped chocolates as well as special editions. From classic strawberry or heavenly caramel to the more challenging – and hugely popular – whole lime and chilli, sea salt and pink peppercornto name a few. Open Monday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm, Weekends from 10.30pm.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: Receive one tablet complimentary when you buy five tablets.
Address: 177 Main St, Greytown
Phone: +64 6 304 8960
The history of Palliser Estate goes back decades and since that very first vintage, their wines have become internationally renowned. The name, a reference to Wairarapa’s local landmark, Cape Palliser, pays homage to the unique combination of the semi-maritime climate and terrior that make this best wine-growing regions in the world. The Cellar Door is open 10.30am – 4.00pm daily, extending to 5pm on weekends during daylight saving.
AS A PEPPERS GUEST: Receive 10% off any purchase when you show your Peppers room key.
Address: Located on State Highway 53, the very first vineyard on the left as you enter Martinborough
Phone: +64 6 306 9019
13-14 September: Celebrate the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival at Peppers Manor House, with celebrity chef Tony Bilson with Executive Chef Daniel James, as they prepare six amazing dishes made with fresh local produce and matched with the Southern Highlands best wines.