Wairarapa means glistening waters in Māori.
With a cool climate and Burgundian soil profile Martinborough, Wairarapa is an area initially renowned for stunning Pinot Noir.
Named after the founding runholder John Martin, the town of Martinborough was laid out in the form of a Union Jack. Situated on the southern end of the North Island, the quaint village of Martinborough sits at 42° south, a similar distance to Burgundy from the equator.
Martinborough was first planted in the late 1970s. Elegant Pinot Noir, crisp Chardonnay, vivid Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and aromatics are all produced – making up around 1% of New Zealand’s annual wine production.