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Wairarapa wineries are only an hour from the nation's capital

Only an hour from the nation's capital Wellington and 30km inland along a scenic drive, Wairapara is a picturesque region with plenty to offer and well worth the trip.  At only 3% of the total New Zealand under vine, and 1% of the total production, it is a boutique region that seriously punches well above its weight in regards to the quality wines it produces.

Divided into three sub-regions - Martinborough, Gladstone, and Masterton, which share a comparable climate and soil, yet differ subtly to the palate. Boasting some of the biggest names in New Zealand Pinot Noir with Dry River and Ata Rangi, two of only seven wineries awarded the prestigious Five Stars in the Eighth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification, and Martinborough Vineyard awarded Four Stars. That's some serious credentials!

Pinot Noir is their flagship variety with over 50% of the planting under vine, offer great depth with an earthy undercurrent, they are richly textured, yet perfumed and generous; they are wines of exceptional character.

Wairapara Sauvignon Blanc could be considered New Zealand's best-kept secret as it constitutes over 30% of the region's production and generally overlooked to its neighbour across the Cook Strait, Marlborough. They tend to over-deliver in regards to the quality as they offer plenty lifted aromatics, braced with mineral tension and the classical herbal vibrancy one expected from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Let's not forget Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and a star in the making; the Syrah.

This is one of New Zealand's top foodies destinations with a tantalizing array of top-notch restaurants and accommodation, all hosted in warm country charm. Discover plenty of farm-fresh produce and artisan foods, and locally made treats. This is a region guaranteed to satisfy all your senses.

Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour

The rolling green hills of the Wairarapa Valley have enticed visitors for years, and now it’s your turn to see why. Just over an hour from Wellington City, Martinborough seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Capital city. Enjoy a scenic train journey with spectacular views of the Wellington Harbour along the way. You’ll disembark at Featherston Railway Station and have an unforgettable experience with your local guide We drive though the countryside to visit four cellar doors, passing rolling vistas of vineyards before our return back to Martinborough to enjoy a delicious local cheese platter and coffee. A sumptuous antipasto platter, wine and sweet treats are waiting for you back in Martinborough Village for lunch. Tour Highlights… • Indulge in wine tastings at four award-winning vineyards • Relax in comfortable, air-conditioned travel by train and coach • Enjoy mouth-watering, local gourmet cuisine and sweet delights • Stunning scenic country views, just sit back and relax • Meet some of the families behind the wineries If your booking is within 48 hours, please give us a call to reconfirm your departure point and booking. Important information for your Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour passengers: Please be at the Wellington Railway Station 15 minutes prior to the train departure 8.21am midweek and 9.55am weekend/public holidays. Make your way to the ticket office beside the restrooms to get your voucher exchanged for a ticket on the train. Your journey by train will be self-guided before you meet our coach and guide for the Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour at Featherston Railway Station at 9.20am midweek or 10.50am weekends and public holidays
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