Wellington Wine Tours and Wineries
Wineries and vineyards in Wellington are becoming more well known. Not usually noted for its wine, Wellington is catching up, thanks to the booking trade in nearby Wairarapa. In the CBD you'll also find some very fine wine shops.
Wellington wineries and vineyards are traditionally centred further north, around the Wairarapa Valley. Martinborough and Masterton are where most local people would get their wine, and you can join a guided tour out of Wellington, that visits these vineyards. The same vineyards have retail outlets in Wellington CBD, like Arapai Wines and Wattlebank, so you don't have to go to the vineyards themselves to get the best vintages. The closest actual vineyard to Wellington CBD is in Korokoro in Lower Hutt. To really see wine country at its best though, do head out to Wairarapa - there are numerous guided tours leaving from Wellington, including day trips and overnighters. Established over 20 years ago, The Murdoch James Estate, is one of Martinborough's pioneering wine producers. Their Blue Rock Vineyard enjoys a relaxing setting offering visitors a vineyard tour, tasting area, dining on the deck of the Bloom Restaurant and accommodation.