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Martinborough is a small county town of approximately 1500 people. It is renowned for its world class Pinot Noir. Its safe, wide roads make Martinborough a very popular destination for those who want to cycle around the vineyards tasting wine.
Martinborough was named after John Martin (1822-92), an Irish immigrant who purchased the large Wairarapa sheep station "Huangarua" in 1879. Mr Martin subdivided the station into 593 sections to create a town.
In the past three decades, Martinborough has transformed from a sleepy colonial town to world-class wine village, taking an enviable, attention-grabbing collection of international awards since 1990. The mineral-laden soils and cool climate produce a remarkable range of exceptional wines.
Accounting for only one percent of New Zealand’s wine production, Martinborough has an appealing style of its own.
Green Jersey Cycle Tours can transfer you from the Rimutaka Cycle Trail to enjoy a day cycling around tasting wine and the lovely food on offer. Visit some of our favourite vineyards and olive groves, you can choose to take a load off for a day and be pedalled around on one of our quaint rickshaws!
So don't forget to pack your "glad-rags" (some nice clothes) and have a day around the vines.
Food, wine and friends, what could go together better?
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