About Wellington Wine Country
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.
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.
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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