Jaunted: Martinborough Wines

So far in my Jaunted tour of "New Zealand's Other Wine Regions," I've taken you to Waiheke Island in Auckland's bay, and to the famous appellation of Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island. For today's third and final piece in the miniseries, we're headed to the tiny hamlet of Martinborough, about an hour east of Wellington.

No, I'm not talking about that other "M" region where all the Sauvignon Blancs come from, which is actually on the north end of the South Island. Poor Martinborough gets confused with that one all the time, and I'm afraid it has a little inferiority complex, but there's no reason for it.

Here you'll find not only a charming little historic town center, but also such famed wineries as Ata Rangi with its range of elegant Pinot Noirs, the ultra-premium Dry River, and approachable Palliser.

With affordable and nice lodging, cute little restaurants, and friendly cellar doors, it makes the perfect daytrip or overnight from Wellington. Read about my time there in the article below.

Link: http://www.jaunted.com/story/2011/1/11/182430/102/travel/Martinborough%3A+New+Zealand%27s+Other+%27M%27+Wine+Region