Just an hour’s drive from Wellington is Martinborough, a boutique wine region which produces around 1% of New Zealand’s wine. After stopping in at the super helpful Information Centre near The Square for advice, Mike and I headed to a few of the best Martinborough wineries starting with Luna Estate for lunch.
A coach-load of people were just heading inside for lunch, but we were told they had pre-ordered and our host suggested we do some wine tasting at the Cellar Door first. Their Late Harvest Pinot Gris was my favourite, and what I ended up ordering with my lunch.
The Cheese platter looked so amazing that I forgot to take a photo of it. The Fish of the Day I followed it with was quite nice too.
The Martinborough winery we stopped at was Poppies, but they were too full to take us for desert. We only stayed for wine tasting and had a look around – it’s a beautiful place to hold a wedding or function and they have really good platters!
We went to Tiro Hana Estate for Desert and a look in their new Emporium. Mike and I shared a Bread and Butter pudding and he had a glass of Rose. At this point, as the driver I’d moved on to water.
Where else to visit in the Wairarapa
Over summer months I’ve visited Castle Point and Stonehenge Aotearoa. I’ve walked The Pinnacles Track spent time on the deck of the White Swan, splashed in the Greytown Pool and discovered where to buy the best fruit ice cream.
Small towns like Greytown (which reminds me of Stars Hollow and comes with it’s own micro-climate temperature), just over an hour out of Wellington offers a dose of quieter living with wine, beaches and scenic walks in it’s vicinity.
I guess I’m starting to understand why people choose to commute to cities from so far away.
We headed home via a quick stop at C’est Cheese in Featherson – a small shop with an amazing selection of cheeses.
If reading about New Zealand wine regions is of interest you may appreciate my previous posts on the best New Zealand Wineries to visit, New Zealand Food and Wine Festivals, and the unique wine regions of Marlborough and Waiheke Island.