Martinborough, NZ
"Our history goes back, and back again. In the 1880s, Martinborough’s founder, John Martin, farmed this very piece of land. In the 1980s a new generation were inspired to produce something even more special. Today our craft continues – to fully realise the potential of this incredible piece of land."

Current Releases


2020 Estate Pinot Noir


2021 ‘Runholder’ Pinot Noir


2020 ‘John Martin’ Pinot Noir

More about the Producer

The stone-filled river terraces are free-draining while the top soils vary from slope to slope. A rain shadow effect created by the Rimutaka Ranges to the south-west and the Tararua Ranges to the west keeps the region dry.

This combination of ‘terroir’ factors means that Martinborough vineyards are typically low-yielding, enhancing fruit intensity. Martinborough’s long ripening season, with cool night and warm daytime temperatures, slowly builds the structure needed to create complex Pinot Noir’s and aromatic whites. Best known for our Pinot Noir across these core vineyards there are over 60 distinct Pinot Noir sites taking into account, clone, soil, trellising and vine density age and orientation. Our ‘gravity’ designed winery is ideal for minimal handling high quality Pinot Noir production with multiple small fermenters to enable specific blocks to be vinified separately.

Our flagship wine John Martin, made only in exceptional years, is named in honour of the founding father of the Martinborough Township with our winery and home vineyard located on part of his original land.

Winemaker: John Kavanagh