Touch the soil, speak to the growers & winemakers and gain true insight into our compact, yet diverse wine region. Hosted by knowledgeable, local guides that walk-their-talk as you taste.

These off-road guided walks take you across vineyards on easy walking tracks among the vines. Stroll through vineyards and stop for lunch. Touch the soil, smell a ferment, even taste wine from the barrel. Icon producers, Dry River and Escarpment are included with the regions’ newest and dynamic names such as, Devotus, Cambridge Road and Poppies. Additionally, famous Martinborough cellar doors like Palliser and Ata Rangi go the extra mile and open up their barrel caves and wineries.

Martinbough Wine Walks is the first and only wine tour that takes you behind the scenes, in the vineyards, wineries and barrel caves of wine producer

s to taste with the winemaker and viticulturists of the area.

Owner of the Wine Merchants Tanya along with your host Nicola Have been Martinborough locals for a combined 38 years and as such have close relationships with the wine producers that you will visit for exclusive, behind the scenes experience and understand what makes the wine village of Martinborough tick!


The Wine Walks are hosted by Nicola, who has a wine making, wine marketing and wine business background. Her experience coupled with the fact that she’s a Martinborough local provides unparalleled knowledge that really enhances the experience. Nicola takes people behind the scenes to meet the winemakers, and sometimes local beer and spirits producers, that are not usually accessible to the public. Customers get to taste their creations directly from the source, and hear the individual stories of winemakers and viticulturists.

Martinborough Wine Walks is an extension of Martinborough Wine Merchants, a wine shop in central Martinborough with the largest range of Wairarapa wines on the planet along with other local produce and artisan products from around New Zealand. All of the beverages made by the wineries, distilleries and brewery visited on the tours are available for purchase at Martinborough Wine Merchants.


All Tours include:

  • A knowledgeable and local guide
  • All wine tastings
  • A tasting amongst the vines in the vineyard with the viticulturist
  • A shared table, platter style lunch of fresh and regional, produce, served outdoors at a vineyard, with glass of wine
  • Barrel tasting with the winemaker
  • A tasting of an older vintage wine with the winemaker


“You’ll be informed, entertained and enlightened, as your exclusive tour visits iconic producers seldom open to the public.” ~ Jason