Harvesting grapes, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Image Courtesy of NZ Wine Institute
Martinborough is a small town in the Wairarapa, just an hour's drive north of Wellington. Although originally a farming district, the discovery of its suitability for winemaking in the 1980s has turned it into one of New Zealand's most renowned wine regions.
It's one of the smallest grape areas in the country, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality. It is especially highly regarded for its pinot noir wines and for that reason is often likened to Burgundy in France.
Each November the local wineries get together to showcase their latest wines, alongside some local food producers at the Toast Martinborough Wine and Food Festival. This year it's on November 18. It's a great way to enjoy the local fare in a relaxed and fun setting.
- Toast Martinborough Wine and Food Festival Information
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