Wines From Martinborough New Zealand



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In only three decades, Martinborough has transformed from a sleepy colonial town to world-class wine village, taking an enviable, attention-grabbing collection of international awards from 1990.  

Pinot noir is Martinborough's flagship wine: its elegance and style made Martinborough's international reputation.  Yet there is so much more to the district, the mineral-laden soils and cool climate nurturing a remarkable range of award-winning varietals.

Distinctive sauvignon blanc with tropical fruit flavours overlaid with minerality, elegant full-flavoured chardonnay, appealingly aromatic riesling and pinot gris; and the emerging, gentle Rhone-like syrah are all local winners, adding depth and complexity to the Martinborough story.

Wine writers and makers agree that structure, complexity, fruit sweetness and balance set Martinborough wines apart.
Accounting for only one percent of New Zealand's wine production, from approximately 3 percent of New Zealand's total plantings by hectare, Martinborough has a boutique Burgundian style.





Wines from the region are considered to have excellent concentration, texture and depth.  Historically low cropping levels and the area's unique soil and climate provide these qualities.  

Comparisons with Burgundy, the classic home of pinot noir, abound.  With more than vineyards in less than 700 hectares, most are family-owned and passionately tended. Scientific research shows these similarities are strong. 

Situated just 1.5 hours drive from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Wellington Wine Country provides an opportunity to sample some of the world's finest wines in an idyllic setting.  It is a popular destination for visitors appreciating excellent wine and food, beautiful scenery, and boutique shopping.  

Visitors are spoilt for accommodation choices, with indulgent hotels and resort style estates through to B&Bs and self-contained houses.   

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