When you come over the Remutaka Ranges from Wellington, there’s this dry open valley. It’s a special place that captures people. Once known for its sheep farming, this pioneering region captured the imagination of a new generation who were becoming passionate and interested in wine. Our winemaker, John Kavanagh, came to Martinborough specifically for Pinot Noir.
Martinborough is located at the foot of New Zealand’s North Island. Our small region accounts for only 2% of New Zealand’s total wine production. Protected from the harsh elements by a range of mountains to the southwest and west, it has a mild, breezy, dry climate, ideal for cool-climate grape growing.
With four vineyard sites in the Martinborough appellation, our winemaking team have a wide array of aromatics, flavours, textures and styles to work with. The Martinborough terrace is home to our Home and McLeod Vineyards and has 25m of deep gravel and alluvial soils around 2500 years old. Once a riverbed, it’s a soil type that is unique and definitive for the varieties that we do well with.
At slightly higher elevations with more extreme conditions are our Spring Rock and Rua vineyards. All of our properties are sustainably farmed.We love the intensity of the environment. It can be very harsh. Quite often it’s the most challenging years that gives you the greatest balance to the wine. To us it’s having the guts to be brave enough to face those challenges. That’s when its most rewarding.
OUR CELLAR DOOR:
Housed in the 130-year old cottage of Martinborough’s namesake, John Martin, our cellar door showcases the bounty of our incredible landscape. It’s a true legacy from Martinborough’s pioneering past, housing John Martin’s senior stockman. Today it is the home of our award-winning wines.
With it’s rustic aesthetic, inviting surrounding and intimate setting, it’s a central location to discover and experience our place. Join us in our cottage gardens for tastings, platters and more.