Just five kilometres east of Martinborough village, Escarpment’s 24 hectares of distinctive terraces stretch along the banks of the Huangarua River.
Escarpment was established in 1998 as a joint business venture between Robert & Mem Kirby (of Australia’s Village Roadshow) and Larry & Sue McKenna. All four have a deep love of pinot noir - the grape variety Escarpment is best known for.
Overlooking the vineyard are the Aorangi Ranges, the hills made famous by Kupe the legendary Polynesian voyager who discovered New Zealand. Kupe left his three canoes, Nga Waka, on top of the range, giving rise to the now familiar landmark of the district, the “Nga Waka-o-Kupe” or three flat-topped hills on top of the range, which resemble unturned canoes. This warrior and his story provide the inspiration for the vineyard’s distinctive brand and logo.