Small yet significant
Wairarapa Wine Country is boutique by any measure. At just over 1000 hectares in production (2016), the three sub-regions together account for just three percent of New Zealand’s vineyard plantings, and only one percent of wine production.
It’s small yet significant in quality terms, home to some of New Zealand’s most iconic and sought-after producers. The three sub-regions – Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton – achieve wines of distinction acknowledged around the world; especially for the flagship pinot noir. See Accolades.
Identifying similarities and differences between the sub-region’s wines is one of the joys of wine-tasting experiences. The three sub-regions share broadly similar climate and soils, yet their wines also offer subtle differences in character and style.