Established in 1998 Escarpment's 24 hectares of distinctive terraces stretch along the banks of the Huangarua River. They are overlooked by 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.
You can experience Escarpment wines right in Martinborough: Peppers Parehua and Escarpment Vineyard have teamed up to offer you a wine experience in a stunning environment. Join them for a tasting flight of four premium wines paired with delicious canapes from the Peppers Pavillion Restaurant menu. Stay on and enjoy a delightful lunch with a bottle or glass of your favourite Escarpment Wine. The cellar door has the full range of Escarpment Wines to purchase to take home.
To get your tastebugs going an example of our tasting flights is here (subject to change):
- 2019 Artisan Rose – beetroot cured salmon gravlax with crème fraiche
- 2017 Artisan Pinot Gris – sticky pork belly with crisp apple slaw
- 2018 Escarpment Chardonnay – butternut arancini with whipped feta
- 2016 Escarpment Pinot Noir – confit duck with port wine jelly en croute