Martinborough on New Zealand’s north island provides the perfect opportunity for gourmet travellers to savour the best of New Zealand’s food and wine. From Martiborough’s village centre you can stroll to any or all of the local 30 vineyards, making Martinborough the ultimate wine tasting destination.
Martinborough has received international awards for many varieties but is most well known for its outstanding pinot noir. Winemaking in Martinborough dates back to 1978 when the first vineyard was planted but it wasn’t until 1986 when Larry McKenna arrived from Delegatas in Auckland to take charge of the winemaking at Martinborough Vineyard that national and international accolades and recognition were achieved.
To explore the region you can pick up a map from the visitors centre and make you own way around or if you are short of time visit the Martinborough Wine Centre, New Zealand’s first regional wine centre, which offers the perfect introduction to the local wines all under one roof.
Many of the cellar doors are open for tasting and sales throughout the year and several have restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy the region’s premium wines matched with fresh local produce while dining alfresco in a beautiful vineyard.
In Martinborough Ata Rangi, Martinborough Vineyard and Palliser Estate are all within walking distance of the village square. Other vineyards open for tastings and sales include:
On the third weekend of November, the annual Toast Martinborough takes place. This hugely popular wine and food festival celebrates 14 of region’s finest wineries along with gourmet delights from local restaurants and sees the region bursting with activity, making it an ideal time to visit.
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