Every Wine Tells A Story: The Wellington Wine Region

July 9, 2017


Wellington Wine Country – a boutique region with a range of varieties


Wellington Wine Country is a compact yet diverse region of boutique producers offering high-quality examples of a wide range of varieties, supported by a vibrant, wine-focused community.


Divided into 3 main sub-regions (Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton), they share broadly similar climate and soils yet offer subtle differences in character for the discerning palate to explore.


A range of styles and varieties are on offer with standout Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and aromatics as well as stylish Chardonnay, Syrah and dessert wines.


With only 3% of New Zealand’s land under vine, and 1% of its total production the region boasts some of NZ’s most iconic and sought-after producers.


Below are wineries from the region who will be showcasing their wines at Winetopia Wellington this year.


Palliser Estate


Located in Martinborough Palliser is a highly regarded producer of premium wines.  Spread across 72 hectares Palliser produces predominantly Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.


With 7 vineyards on the Martinborough Terrace all within walking distance of each other, they produce quite distinctive wine styles reflecting the differences in soils and micro climates. Taste their highly regarded wines at Winetopia Wellington.


Te Kairanga


Established in 1984, Te Kairanga’s wines are sourced from their 260 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards planted on ancient riverbeds.  Te Kairanga’s specialty and passion has always been Pinot Noir but they also make small amounts of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris.


Long dry autumns provide the right balance of warm days (creating ripeness) and cool nights (providing elegance) for producing top quality Pinot Noir and other early-ripening varieties.  Taste their wines at Winetopia Wellington


Urlar Estate


Located in the Gladstone sub-region, owners Angus and Davina Thomson originally hail from Scotland.  Proudly family owned, Urlar Estate produces outstanding single vineyard wines using organic and biodynamic principles.


Urlar’s wine collection reflects the nature of its environment and includes harmonious aromatics; Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Gris and strapping, vibrant Pinot Noir.  Taste their wines at Winetopia Auckland and Wellington


Matahiwi Estate


Sheltered by the Tararua mountain range Matahiwi enjoys a long and dry growing season with balmy warm days and pleasantly cool nights. The climate and the exposed stony sub-soils make the area ideal for growing grapes.


As a Pinot Noir enthusiast, owner Alastair Scott has focused his efforts on this notoriously complicated but delicious variety. He planted Matahiwi’s 80-hectare single vineyard with 60% Pinot Noir and the balance with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.  You can taste their wines at Winetopia, Wellington.


Winetopia, presented by Singapore Airlines, provides a unique opportunity to try an amazing range of wines. Follow the links to secure your spot to NZ’s largest Wine Tasting event.



Wellington 15-16 July, Shed 6 Queen's Wharf

BUY TICKETS HERE:  https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=WINETOPI17



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