The quest for world class wines, especially the capricious Pinot noir, can be said to be a journey rather than a destination. From the humble beginnings of the early 1980's to the highly regarded vineyard of today, it has been a long and spectacular path but the journey is not over and never will be. If you are fortunate enough to visit Martinborough Vineyard today you will find more than a wine producing operation. The drive to produce the very best wines imbues the entire company from every aspect. Martinborough Vineyard is ISO 14001 certified which means there is a clear and audited environmental policy based on the principles of minimum impact on the land and air that provides the bounty.
The grapes are hand picked to ensure that only the best fruit makes it to the bottle. Much of the wine making process is based on Burgundian techniques which have produced some of the Worlds most complex and delicate red wines for centuries.
Martinborough Vineyard has gathered World renown for its Pinot noir. A lesser-known story, however, has been the success of its other varieties. Over the past few years Martinborough Vineyard has won acclaim for its Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Late Harvest Riesling. While the spotlight has been on Pinot noir, these other wines have been slowly gathering prominence and a strong following.
All the vineyards are situated on the Martinborough Terrace which is famed for its deep, free-draining, alluvial soils which are ideal for making ultra premium Pinot Noir.
The region has a cool, maritime climate along with other beneficial climatic drivers including a rain shadow, one of the country’s largest diurnal temperature differentials, windy springs and a long warm ripening period through autumn. All this results in a natural low-vigour site regulating crops and enabling high quality, consistent, ripe fruit.