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 Information Centre near The Square for advice, Mike and I headed to a few Martinborough wineries starting with to Murdoch James 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. The 2013 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.
Alana Estate is usually a stop I’d make as it has it all – nice wine, a restaurant with a sunny outside area and a large grassy area for concerts. But it was closed and it’s name had been removed from the fence. Google a bit later confirmed it had been sold to clear debts and will shortly reopen under a new name (Luna Estate).
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.
We then headed home via a quick stop at C’est Cheese in Featherson – a small shop with an amazing selection of cheeses.