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 Martinborough Wine Merchants’ guide team, have a wide breadth of experience and most have lived in the region for decades and range from expert wine enthusiasts to winemakers/vintners.
Not only are our guides knowledgable, being locals they also have close relationships with all of the wine producers you visit. Our team of guides believe that the best way to truly experience the Martinborough wine region is on foot.
We strive to give you a fun, enjoyable and informative day out. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or are a seasonal visitor, we can introduce you to something new. Our goal is to ensure that you leave our tours feeling inspired, having learnt great insider knowledge and the history of what makes this superb little wine village tick!
I have a love of all food, especially those made with cream or butter and items that cream or butter can plausibly go on. I love to cook and get great delight from pulling off a really good food and wine pairing. We are spoilt for choice with wines in Martinborough and one of my joys is to find the perfect wine for a person’s tastes – particularly where it involves introducing people to a winery or a style they may not yet have discovered. I have guided food and wine tours in Europe and believe they are the best introduction to a town – and its people – that a visitor can get.
Daniel, originally from the Wairarapa, has been working with wine both in retail and hospitality for over 10 years. He has worked at top restaurants in NZ, Australia and Sweden. In 2013 he sat his WSET lv. 3 Advanced wine accreditation, and in 2019 he was a finalist for NZ Sommelier of the Year. Now Martinborough based, he has even been trying his hand at winemaking on a very small scale, in the years he can get his hands on some grapes!
“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”.
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 day 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.”