Wairarapa Wine Region

A small wine region with a large following, thanks to the arrival of some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed Pinot Noirs. In 1883 the first vines were planted, but it wasn't until the 1980s that Wairarapa wines started to be recognised globally. The area has three sub-regions; Martinborough, Masterton and Gladstone, all planting similar grape varieties but offering slightly different terroir.

Wairarapa accounts for only 3% of New Zealand’s total production with yields on these vineyards cropping well below the country’s national average, a significant factor which contributes to the regions success. Martinborough is a small colonial village, a short scenic drive north of New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, and has a reputation as the wine hub of Wairarapa, with many family-owned producers based here. The silt loam and gravelly sub soils of the Martinborough Terrace ensure that Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc grapes thrive. The Gladstone region is just south of Wairarapa’s largest town, Masterton and is one of the fastest growing wine regions, with plenty of room for expansion.

The area of Wairarapa is the coolest and driest of the North Island and with a climate and soil profile similar to Burgundy, it is no wonder this region produces some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wines.

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Wairarapa Wine Region