Just south of Martinborough is the award winning lavender farm and shop of Ranui Essentials.
Located at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine trail, Ranui Essentials was established in 2012 as Tracy and Eric were exploring products that would compliment the region and sustain a dry Martinborough climate.This is just one of the reasons Ranui Essentials has obtained winning accolades for their essential lavender oils.
On a small 10-acre block, and after experimenting with avocados and loosing over 600 lavender plants to wet clay soil, Tracy and Eric started again, tilling the paddock and preparing the soil.
Today you will find, in the November – February months, a purple haze as you drive up Dry River Road, nestled 8kms out of Martinborough overlooking the Wairarapa Tararua Ranges.
The shop is open most weekends with an assortment of lavender products, bone china, patchwork creations, homemade cards, linens and homespun babywear all created by family and friends in the Wairarapa. Tracy will take you on a tour of the farm and explain the varieties they grow.
They have recently installed a lavender distillery which, if you are lucky, you may see in operation around harvest time. And now they have crafted their very on Lavender Gin, Vodka and Liqueur which you can sample in their free tastings.
In the season they hold events where you can pick your own lavender and a special event where you can do a bit of star gazing in the evening, as well. Learn more here.