I previously visited Martinborough during the infamous Toast food and wine festival which is a fantastic event that happens every November in the Martinborough region. I have been keen to return to the area without the large numbers of people to experience Martinborough for myself so recently booked a weekend up in the Wairarapa region.
I was lucky enough to find some wonderful accommodation for the weekend. The Winemakers Loft is a pretty picturesque converted barn situated in the Porter’s Vineyard in central Martinborough with incredible views across the surrounding vineyards. Being able to stay in a working vineyard yet have the privacy to come and go as you please was truly wonderful. The loft was within walking distance of many of the vineyards and very close to the town centre with it’s variety of bars and restaurants. I should mention, that being a working vineyard with the wine being produced downstairs, be prepared to be woken early if you decide to stay here!
Martinborough itself is a fantastic region that is only just over an hours drive from Wellington. One of the towns worth stopping off at on the way from Wellington is Greytown. Situated a short fifteen minutes drive from Martinborough, Greytown has some lovely boutiques and restaurants as well as the famous chocolate shop Schoc which offers an impressive 60 flavours of chocolate available for customers to taste.
My weekend included visits to Margrain, Palliser, Martinborough Vineyard, Ata Rangi and Vynfields, details of which to come!