Wairarapa Wine

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Wairarapa is a cool-climate wine region in the southernmost tip of North Island, New Zealand. Several rivers run through it, enriching its soils and providing excellent natural sources of irrigation. Long days of sun exposure with cool breezes contribute to a lengthy growing season and well-balanced, character-driven grapes. 
 
Pinot Noir is the prominent grape in this maritime climate, especially so in the famous subregion of Martinborough. Other varietals cultivated in Wairarapa are Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

Varietals Produced in Wairarapa View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Wairarapa

Popular Wineries in Wairarapa View all

  • Alana Estate Ltd

    The Alana winery is situated within a stones throw of the Alana Single vineyard. This position op...

  • Johner Estate Vineyards

    In the early 1970s Karl Heinz Johner studied Oenology and Viticulture in Geisenheim / Germany. In...

  • Martinborough Vineyard

    Martinborough Vineyard has won the Pinot Noir trophy at the 2009 Tri Nations Wine Challenge for i...

  • Palliser Estate Wines

    The first Palliser Estate vines were planted more than 20 years ago, in 1984. Today, our wines ar...

  • Porters Pinot

    Porters vineyard was first planted by Annabel and John Porter in 1992 with our first vintage in 1...

  • Sandihurst Winery

    Sandihurst is an established, family owned and quality focused winery producing 15,000 six bottle...

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  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2008

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    Wine review by abrytz


  • Greystone Chardonnay 2009

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    Wine review by cmneal


  • Skyleaf Riesling 2009

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    Sugar nose fading into puckery kiwi with slight tartness at the end. Light but sticks to the front of the tongue. Lo.Li.(but no Ta.) Read More

    Wine review by Craigk8


  • Martinus Estate Pinot Noir Martinborough 2003

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    Strong complex nose with vanilla, parsley, pepper, nutmeg, cherry, plum, cedar and grass at different times over two hours. Dark fruit dominates the palate with tones of blackberry, black cherry, currant, and plum. Refreshing, smooth finish with oaky aftertaste. Dries nicely mid-trip. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire


  • Skyleaf Riesling 2009

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    From Waipara Valley, New Zealand. Slightly bitter, tannic aroma. Tart and sweet, with a little bubble gum and cherry. An enjoyable if not unusual riesling. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2008

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    Wine review by jmf


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2008

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    Wine review by blissy34


  • Te Kairanga Pinot Noir 2006

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    89 points.The nose is somewhat dark with a good amount of complexity and lots of intriguing spicy, smoky tones mingling with sour red cherries, cracked black pepper, and very dark chocolate. The aroma almost smells like an old world syrah had been poured into the mix. On the palate there are lush, sweet raspberries and blackberries, pomegranate ... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth


  • Te Kairanga Pinot Noir 2006

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    89 points. The nose is somewhat dark with a good amount of complexity and lots of intriguing spicy, smoky tones mingling with sour red cherries, cracked black pepper, and very dark chocolate. The aroma almost smells like an old world syrah had been poured into the mix. On the palate there are lush, sweet raspberries and blackberries, pomegranate... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth


  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Fall Harvest 2008

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    Solid summer wine. Pale yellow in color with green hues. Aromas of grapefruit with some mineral notes. The taste is flavorful, well-balanced and spicy. There is a hint of lemon on the palate and green apple. The finish is long, clean and zingy with a bit sour apple. Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura


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