Martinborough is famous for its wine, as the Wairarapa's wide valleys are ideal for growing grapes. There are dozens of vineyards in Martinborough and they are all relatively close together. The fun part is that many roads have vineyards on both sides!
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is a key draw-card for visitors to the Martinborough Wine Region. The Trail runs down the country through 4 wine growing regions. The first region is Hawkes Bay, then Wairarapa (Martinborough), Wellington, then over to the South Island and the world famous Marlborough. You can find more about the entire trail at this website. Alternatively scroll down for the PDF trail map for Martinborough only.
Exploring Martinborough Wine
There are 30 wineries within walking distance from Martinborough Village. This provides a unique problem, which to visit first? Spend the day vineyard hopping with wine tasting at the cellar door. When you feel a little peckish, experience one of the gourmet restaurants or artisan food from local merchants. What a great way to spend an afternoon.
Popular website "Classic Wine Trails" has details of top wine trails in New Zealand. Take time and self drive through the 4 major wine producing regions of New Zealand which of course include the Martinborough region. Just follow the purple coloured Grape road signs as pictured below. You can also download or pickup the Classic Wine Trail guide for free at most tourist centres in NZ, or there is even a printable PDF trail map just for Martinborough.
Guided Wine Tours
For those that would prefer to experience a guided wine tour, local company Martinborough Wine Tours offers an array of fine experiences. Consider popular tours, Martinborough in a day or their famous Grape to Glass tour. They even allow you to customise certain tours to your preference. Food, wine and not having to worry about transport - a great combination. Martinborough accommodation can be found on top accommodation site: Travelbug