Saturday morning saw me being whisked away over the Rimataka Ranges to Martinborough, wine country of the lower North Island. Only an hour and a half from Wellington, we were soon sitting with vino in hand, bathed in hot sunshine, surrounded by dry paddocks and vineyards.
Simon had booked us the Gatehouse at Margrain Vineyard. It is a gorgeous villa set in the vineyard with a private garden. Wine tasting was complimentary with the booking and so off we went to the first cellar door of the day.
Margrain has a good range of wine varieties on offer and one of the most consistent line ups I have experienced in quality. The stars of the day were the Pinot Rose 2013, Chenin Blanc 2013 and Chardonnay 2011. With delightfully written descriptors of each wine, which the Duty Manager so eloquently described as ‘…a load of bullocks’ this was without a doubt the best stop of the day and an all round great and humorous experience!
The rest of the afternoon was spent cycling from one cellar door to the next. It was such a fun way to get around, although you really do need to concentrate as the day goes on!
The Gatehouse at Magrain Vineyard, the stunning villa where we stayed. I was very pleased to open the door to this.
Margrain cellar door – fantastic and then off we cycled to our next stop.
Enjoying some of our purchases back at the villa
View from the lookout on our way out of town. Martinborough, see you again soon.