Go wine tasting in Martinborough
Martinborough is a compact and accessible wine village, where wineries are located close together and can easily be reached by walking or by bike
14 Puruatanga Road, Martinborough
Family-owned Ata Rangi in Martinborough produces some of New Zealand’s leading pinot noir. The wine is overseen by highly respected winemaker Helen Masters who was awarded 2019 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year by judges from Australia’s Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.
Book in for an intimate tasting experience at Ata Rangi’s original rustic winery, where you’ll delve into what creates the distinctive wines the region is known for and of course, sample some wine. These booking-only tastings are around available year-round.
1 Martins Road, Martinborough
With a tasting room and outdoor dining space set in amongst the grapevines on the family-owned vineyard, Moy Hall is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Pop-in for a tasting of their handmade wines that reflect the quality of the grapes grown on the family's eight-hectare vineyard in the heart of the Martinborough Terrace. Or if you have time, stay and enjoy lunch and a bottle of wine as you gaze out at the vineyard. Moy Hall have a casual menu of delicious small plates for sharing with feature local lamb, seafood, olive oil, herbs and seasonal salads and which cater for a range of dietary requirements.
32 Cambridge Road, Martinborough
When heading over to Martinborough for a day of biking around the winery cellar doors, make Cambridge Road, just minutes from the village, your first stop.
Winemaker Lance Redgwell uses biodynamic and eco-farming principles to farming his vines and a minimal intervention approach to wine-making. These are wines that Lance hopes will challenge your taste buds and your perception of wine, while giving you a delicious experience. Cambridge Road is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon; enjoy platters of cheese and charcuterie while you sip some natural wine within metres of where it was grown and made.
96 Kitchener Street, Martinborough
Renowned Wairarapa winery Palliser Estate gambled on turning sheep grazing land on the Martinborough Terrace, into land for farming grapes.
The gamble paid off and Palliser is now one of New Zealand’s premier wineries and their wine is enjoyed around the world. The winery is made up of seven vineyards which each produce a distinctive wine style. Their cellar door is open year-round and pours tastings of their wines – their pinot noir and chardonnay in particular are must-tries. During the spring and summer months, Palliser serves a light food menu and is a lovely place to visit for a glass of wine and a shared platter in their garden followed by a game of pétanque.
107 Todds Road, Martinborough
How do a glass of wine and a freshly-made pizza sound? A short walk from Martinborough's Town Square, Colombo is a vineyard and cellar door set amongst 20-year old pinot noir vines. Go for a wine tasting and stay to share a bottle of wine, an antipasto platter and a wood-fired pizza. In summer, find a spot outside on the beanbags and in winter, settle in beside the cosy fire.
Colombo was established in 2014 by Swiss-Irish couple Baptist Sieber and Carolyn Irwin and in March 2018 the reins were passed over to the German-Kiwi husband and wife team of Thomas and Nicola Röckinger.