Iconic Pioneer

Established in 1980, Martinborough Vineyard is an iconic, pioneering producer of Martinborough with a commitment to the perfection of Pinot Noir. The first winery to plant Pinot Noir grapes in the famed region, today it is home to the oldest vines in the district. Artisan winemaking techniques, along with dedication to land preservation, and sharing a legacy of wine knowledge with future generations, has earned Martinborough Vineyard a continuous reputation for excellence.


Located on the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island, the quaint wine village of Martinborough sits at 42° south, a similar distance to Burgundy from the equator.

Te Karianga, Martinborough, New Zealand
Te Kairanga Estate

The location was no accident. In a quest to make the highest quality Pinot Noir, Martinborough Vineyard founders conducted a DSIR survey to reveal the closest New Zealand climactic analog to Burgundy, the birthplace of Pinot Noir. The survey determined the optimal location was within a small rain shadow centered on the township of Martinborough.


As a result, the first Pinot Noir grapes in Martinborough were planted in 1980.

Pinot Noir is the principle grape grown in the region, accounting for 50% of all grapes planted.