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Wineries/Tasting Rooms?

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Wineries/Tasting Rooms?

Traveling to Wellington for 6 days next week and as an avid wino I want to check out some of NZ's finest, especially the chardonnays I hear :)

Would love any and all suggestions in the region, whether in-town tasting rooms, more remote wineries that may offer a tour or at least tastings, etc.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Wineries/Tasting Rooms?

Martinborough is the easiest wine growing region to get to. It's just over an hour's drive from Wellington on State Highway 2. Good pinot noirs are grown there, although Central Otago ones have more fame. Further north is the Hawkes Bay region (about 5 hours drive from Wellington).

We're most famous for our sauvignon blancs, and Marlborough is considered to be the best for this grape. Marlborough is a little more difficult to get to, being a 3.5 hour ferry. You can do day tours or you could spend a night in this area, or extend it to 2 or more to visit Nelson and its wines.

The New World supermarkets in Wellington CBD have very good wine and beer selections, and there are some specialist liquor stores about. Regional Wines and Spirits is on Waring Taylor St (off Lambton Quay) and there is a wine shop on the opposite corner to Wellington's i-site (other side of the traffic lights).

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2. Re: Wineries/Tasting Rooms?

Thank you so much, Weta! This is exactly what I'm looking for. Would love to check out a friend's winery in Hawkes Bay, but don't think I'll be making it quite that far this trip. Are there any specific wineries you recommend over others, specifically in Martinborough?

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3. Re: Wineries/Tasting Rooms?

Martinborough is a small place, you could visit them all. My favourites are Palliser wines, Alana, Ata Rangi and Te Kairanga.

Here's a link to the map of the area's vineyards wairarapanz.com/files/WaiWineTrail2011.pdf

Greytown is worth visiting - got some cute old buildings and good coffee, and there's a very accessible seal colony at Cape Palliser (and great views from the lighthouse). It's about 50km drive from Martinborough. You could easily spend a night in the area - Martinborough and Greytown are great places to stay.

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4. Re: Wineries/Tasting Rooms?

If visiting Martinborough and you are short of time there is a wine centre and restaurant in the square which sells all the local wines, many of which can be tasted. Many of the wineries can be accessed on foot from the Square as many locals can attest to during the World famous Toast Martinborough festival. The big robust chardonneys of the 80's are not as popular as they once were with the softer Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris whites now more in favour, but the Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir ( of which Martinborough is particularly well known) are still as popular as ever. It should be noted that the quality wines are not cheap as opposed to many that can be obtained in supermarkets. Quality will cost you.

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