The brainchild of acclaimed Martinborough winemaker Larry McKenna, The Edge is a regional vineyard project aimed at producing distinctive varietal wines that offer very high quality for everyday consumption. The philosophy is built around finding the best wine styles from the region best suited to growing those wine varietals. Wines currently made under The Edge label are Martinborough Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir label, and a Viognier from Gisborne’s warmer maritime climate. Home base for The Edge wines is the Escarpment Vineyard in Te Muna Road, Martinborough, established in 1999 as a joint business venture between Robert and Mem Kirby (of Australia's Village Roadshow), and Larry and Sue McKenna.
"Te Muna" means 'secret' or 'special place' and that is exactly how the people at Escarpment and The Edge feel about the land and what it means to live, grow and make wine there.
The Edge brand champions New Zealand through the use of indigenous iconography. It draws on the Kupe narrative of the Escarpment range and encompasses full flavoured, high quality wines at mid-price point. The ‘edge’ refers both to New Zealand’s position on the edge of the world and to the Escarpment vineyards being on the edge of the sloping escarpment on the Huangarua River.
Martinborough, New Zealand