The oldest grape-growing centre in the region is also arguably the newest. Although grapes were first planted around Masterton a century ago by early settlers, that venture was short-lived when temperance forces closed down the fledgling industry in the early 1900s.
During the late 1980s, new grapes were planted in the areas around Paierau Road, Matahiwi Road, and Loopline Road areas outside Masterton, attracted by the bold climate and gravelly limestone soils.
The brooding Tararua Ranges exert a powerful influence over the wide open spaces in this northern Wairarapa sub-region, triggering a cycle of frosts and sunny days to develop complex flavours in the grapes. Sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are the main varieties in this sub-region. Please click here for more information.