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.
Martinborough Wine walks are off-road guided walks which take you across vineyards on easy walking tracks among the vines. Stroll through vineyards and stop for lunch. Touch the soil, smell a ferment, taste wine from the barrel. Icon producers, Dry River and Escarpment are included along with the regions’ newest and dynamic names such as, Devotus, Cambridge Road and Poppies. Additionally, famous Martinborough cellar doors like Palliser and Ata Rangi go the extra mile and open up their barrel caves and wineries.
Your hosts Tanya, owner of the Wine Merchants and your guides Nicola and Neil, have been Martinborough locals for a combined 40 plus years. As such, they have close relationships with the wine producers that you will visit for exclusive, behind the scenes experience and understand what makes the wine village of Martinborough tick!
Wine Walks are hosted by Nicola Belsham and Neil Bennett. Nicola believes that the best way to truly experience the Martinborough wine region is by foot. She’s a Martinborough local, who has a real passion for the regions’ wine. She’s been intimately involved in the local wine scene for over 15 years, covering the spectrum of wine retail through to winery ownership. Her knowledge is second to none. Her honest, down to earth approach make 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 new insights about Martinborough food and wine, and some great insider knowledge on what makes this superb little wine village tick!
Co-host Neil Bennett is the familiar face behind many a cellar door experience. Since completing a Certificate in Wine (Grape growing) in 2006, Neil has taken on many roles within the wine industry. From supervising vineyards, assisting with wine making and representing vineyards internationally. He now 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 an extension of Martinborough Wine Merchants, a wine shop in central Martinborough with the largest range of Wairarapa wines on the planet along with other local produce and artisan products from around New Zealand. All of the beverages made by the wineries, distilleries and brewery visited on the tours are available for purchase at Martinborough Wine Merchants.