The south-east corner of New Zealand’s North Island is a quiet, beautiful place. Grapevines love its low rainfall, steady sunshine and cool nights. A typically cool climate wine region, with the moderating influence of southerly winds, yields are low and grapes ripen slowly to develop complex flavours.
Known as the Wairarapa region, its English meaning is Glistening Waters.
The Ruamahanga River rises in the Tararua Ranges and runs 130km to the sea, linking the Masterton, Gladstone and Martinborough sub-regions. Joined by the smaller Huangarua River that wraps around Martinborough, between them over 20,000 years the two rivers created the free-draining gravels so perfect for grape-growing.