The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is a self-drive touring route which connects 3 wine producing regions, the capital city, scenic coastlines and and rural towns. The signposted trail (watch for the grapes) takes you from Hawkes Bay down to Marlborough. Nestled quietly in the middle of the trail are Wairarapa wineries.
Home to Martinborough wine village, Gladstone and the vineyards of upper Masterton, the Wairarapa is a great place to come for a taste of some of the best wine New Zealand has on offer.
Where there's good wine, there's good food; eating in Wairarapa restaurants and cafes is a treat with plenty of excellent choices.
The wine in Martinborough vineyards is produced via hard work and passion. Here these mostly family run vineyards are nurtured to produce only the best. The result is that Martinborough wineries are filled with handcrafted drops of liquid gold.
A day spent visiting Martinborough wineries and cellar doors is a day well spent as far as we’re concerned. Cellar doors in Martinborough are the epitome of an elegant, country tasting experience. Cycle-the-vines is a great way to visit the cellar doors. The cycling is easy and distances short. Hire a bike or take a tour with Green Jersey.
Day tours of Martinborough cellar doors with Tranzit Tours or working vineyard tours at Murdoch James, Margrain and Muirlea Rise give a great insight into what it takes to produce some of the best wine in the world. Zest Food Tours also run a gourmet look at wine and food with the chefs and vintners in Martinborough.
On the banks of the Ruamahanga River lie the small, family owned vineyards of Gladstone. Only a short ten minute drive from Martinborough is a landscape of rolling hills and row upon row of perfectly planted grapevines. Gladstone vineyards are dotted around northern Wairarapa and half the pleasure is the short drive on quiet country roads between these wineries. Check out Dakins Road for tastings on the weekend. It's a perfect stop off on the way to or from cellar doors in Martinborough.
Just north of Masterton is a small community of vineyards in Opaki, along Matahiwi, Paierau and Loopline Roads. Well established and boutique in production these Masterton wineries offer mouth watering, handcrafted vino that’s pretty tough to beat!