Touch the soil, speak to the growers & winemakers and gain true insight into our compact, yet diverse wine region. Hosted by knowledgeable, local guides that walk-their-talk as you taste.

Your Hosts:

Your Martinborough Wine Merchants’ guides Nicola and Neil, have lived the Martinborough life for a combined 40 plus years. As such, they have close relationships with all wine producers that you will visit. They both believe that the best way to truly experience the Martinborough wine region is by foot.


Having lived all around the world and chosen Martinborough to call ‘home’, Nicola Belsham has a real passion for the regions’ wine. She’s been involved in the Martinborough wine scene for over 15 years, covering the spectrum of wine retail through to winery management. Her knowledge is second to none. Her honest and down to earth approach makes for a really fun and informative day out. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or have been to Martinborough plenty of times before, Nicola can introduce you to something new.  Her goal is to ensure that you leave the tour feeling inspired, with  some great insider knowledge on what makes this superb little wine village tick!

Co-host Neil Bennett is a familiar face behind many a cellar door experience. Since completing a Certificate in Grape growing, Neil has taken on many roles within the wine industry. From supervising vineyards, assisting with wine making and representing vineyards internationally, Neil  imparts his ever-growing knowledge to others via hosting tastings throughout the region and by joining Martinborough Wine Walks’ behind-the-scenes story.

“Everyone was so complimentary about you Nicola – and the walk in general. I’ve raved about it to others and I will continue to do so. Thank you so much for making the day so successful – and for giving the international guests in particular, such a lovely time”. ~ Annabel


Martinborough Wine Walks is the brain child of Tanya Cowen, owner of Martinborough Wine Merchants. This is the wine shop in central Martinborough with the largest range of Wairarapa wines on the planet. Also making  local and artisan produce from around New Zealand available for purchase. Order wine on the xday directly from the vineyards you will visit, or put a case together (along with other treats) back at Martinborough Wine Merchants.


“You’ll be informed, entertained and enlightened, as your exclusive tour visits iconic producers seldom open to the public.” ~ Jason