• Victoria Gamble

5 Wineries to Visit in Wairarapa

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

Touring wineries has to be about my favourite thing to do on a weekend, nothing beats enjoying the atmosphere of a cellar door, ordering a cheese plate and sampling some vino. It really is a guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure of mine. There are plenty of reasons to enjoy them home in Canada, but even more so while traveling.

I visited my family in New Zealand last month and I fell even more in love with their wines. Besides having incredible Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most incredible wine regions (#Breathtaking).

While New Zealand is a seemingly small country, it is quite large and has many different regions to grow grapes. Wairarapa is just about an hour away from Wellington, and a great opportunity for road trip. (Or to play it safe, you can take the train in to Featherston so no designated driver is required)

Wairarapa is home to beautiful Greytown - a perfect destination for coffee, tea, pastries and picturesque small-town charm. After visiting Greytown, it is a great opportunity to pop over to Martinborough, which is about 10 minutes away and home to the famed Wairarapa vineyards. Traveling between vineyards is as simple as walking, or you can rent a bicycle from Green Jersey Cycle Tours .(Be sure to check out the iSite for help!)

Without further adieu, here's a list of wineries you won't want to miss in Wairarapa.

1. Martinborough Vineyard

The only thing better at Martinborough than their wines is their warm welcoming of their guests. Their Home Block Chardonnay was phenomenal and I can't wait to retaste this in about a year's time. Ralph their pup was an amazing tour guide. Also a distillery, this Cellar Door is the best place to wrap up the day tasting wine with a bit of gin.

2. Margrain Vineyard

A range of delicious wines to try, including some traditional method sparkling! I love their Pinot Noir, and their Vineyard Cafe is an ideal place to stop by for lunch whilst looking over fields of vines.

3. Ata Rangi

A beautiful winery where pictures are worth a 1000 words - I am in love with their Pinot Noir, which was dubbed with the title of Grand Cru of Nez Zealand, or Tipuranga Teitei Aotearoa in New Zealand. Be sure to call a day or two in advance as tastings are intimate and have to be pre-arranged.

4. Palliser Estate

Such a fun winery to visit as we were greeted with a blind tasting experience! (The mystery wine was a Pinot Gris) The whites at this vineyard are showstoppers and really express the terroir in which they are grown - I would hands down recommend their Chardonnay.

5. Schubert Wines

With New Zealand wines expressing so much character this winery was arguably my favourite. At Schubert they grow their wines organically, and I am a huge fan of sustainable agriculture. I couldn't possibly pick a favourite, but I am completely smitten with their 2015 Pinot Noir from Marion's Vineyard. The elegance of this wine is only rivaled by its ageability.

All of these wineries showcase the amazing potential of Wairarapa, and I can't wait to go back to see what the 2018 vintage has to offer, and I certainly hope to see some on shelf soon!

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