Alexia Urban Winery in Greytown is owned and operated by Jane Cooper and wife Lesley Reidy. Jane makes the wine while Lesley is the cellar hand/general winery dogsbody.
Alexia represents the strength and beauty of their family matriarchy – quiet, understated women who established their family values.
The couple built the winery from the ground up with the goal of showcasing a range of wines, varieties and styles in a setting that allows visitors to experience the whole winemaking process close up.
After years of making wine for others, opening a winery in their home town was an opportunity to make wines that are personal to them, rich in character, full of texture, and delicious to drink.
Grapes are sourced from growers Julie Collins and Simon Dawson’s vineyard in West Taratahi, north of Carterton.
The winery produces two wine ranges: Alexia – which includes Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, and Tangent by Alexia – lo-fi wines made in tiny quantities using varieties not widely grown in New Zealand – Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Gamay.
Alexia is on West Street Greytown, tucked in behind the lawnmower shop, one street back from the Main Road.
In 1980, Ata Rangi founder Clive Paton made the bold decision to sell his small herd of dairy cows and buy five-hectares of stony, barren sheep paddock at the edge of Martinborough village.
Clive was soon joined by his sister Alison who purchased a two-hectare adjoining paddock. It was after meeting and marrying Phyllis Pattie, a winemaker from Marlborough, that things really started to take shape. 40 years on, we continue to work diligently to nurture Ata Rangi’s enviable reputation as one of the New World’s most respected Pinot Noir producers.
Today Alison Paton heads up day to day running of the business, with Helen Masters crafting the wines aided by the vital stewardship of vineyard manager Braden Crosby.
Big Sky Wines
For five generations and over one hundred years the Borthwick family have built a farming, wine, and food legacy and now the current generation are continuing to grow that story.
Family owned Borthwick Vineyard captures the special region of Gladstone, New Zealand. Established in 1996, 21 hectares of vines meld into the terraced landscape. An area that has become exceedingly sought after; Gladstone is situated 25 kilometres north-east of Martinborough. The vineyard is planted on ancient stony, alluvial soils and during the growing season benefits from the Wairarapa climate of warm daily temperatures, cool nights, and low rainfall. The vines achieve natural balanced growth, and this enhances the exceptional quality of the fruit and gives our wines their distinctive single vineyard qualities.
The modern winery completed in 2003 is built into the hill side to allow for natural temperature control inside the building. We also utilise other sustainable practices in the vineyard and winery to ensure the family legacy can continue. Borthwick Vineyard proudly makes handcrafted and distinctive wines, with a focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. Our aim is to grow quality fruit and then allow the wines to express their individual varietal characteristics while also reflecting the site on which they are grown.
Renowned sailors, the Butterworth Family are the new custodians of Julicher Vineyard, planted in the iconic soils of Te Muna. All of our wines are Estate produced, made with a light touch by winemaker and biotechnologist, Martin Bell.
Situated in the heart of the Martinborough terraces, flanked by the Tararua Ranges and the Ruamahanga River, Dry River has been producing wine for over 30 years. The fruit is harvested exclusively for and by Dry River from the Dry River Estate, Craighall and Lovat vineyards. With a progressive attitude towards wine growing at the core of our philosophy, we are committed to organic farming practices. All wine is grown on free draining riverbeds, without irrigation and with a deep respect for the surrounding environment.
Owned by The Robertson Family since 2003, Dry River is now a dedicated team of six. With winemaker Wilco Lam at the helm, we aim to produce memorable and recognisable wines that continue to build on Dry River’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s most iconic, pioneering wineries.
At Escarpment, we have created an expression of NZ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay evolving over 35 years of dedication to the variety. It has been sculpted from fruit entirely originating from Martinborough. We are interested in the structure, complexity and fruit expression of our wines and how they are pronounced from single sites Kupe, Te Rehua, Pahi and Kiwa. Our future is to fashion wines of great complexity and elegance from our organic status vineyards specialising in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Grava was founded in 2014 by experienced winemaker Alistair Gardner and his wife Karla Falloon. The well-established vineyard sits on the alluvial soils of the Southern Wairarapa in the heart of the winegrowing region of Martinborough. It produces high quality wines from Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
Alistair is Grava’s viticulturist and winemaker. The grapes are all hand-harvested and grown using sustainable practices with Alistair overseeing all stages of vine upkeep, crop growth and fruit maturity to produce the best quality fruit for processing and fermentation. Alistair’s attention to detail, extensive international knowledge and dedication to excellence characterises the Grava brand.
Grava (Spanish; = gravel) encapsulates the essence of Grava wine production with our grapes grown on alluvial soils. Alistair has spent over ten years working extensively across various wine regions in Spain. He brings this broad experience with different climatic regions, diverse grape varieties and varied winemaking traditions to Grava.
Alistair particularly loves the traditional Spanish way of combining wine and food, while socialising with friends and family. This culture has led to Grava’s wines being those that can be enjoyed in this setting.
Located on the Dry River Teraces in Martinborough, the soils drain free, producing premium wine with intense varietal flavours. The vines were planted by the owners, their daughters and loyal friends whose enthusiasm for digging holes in the stony river bed waned after the first hour.
The grapes were picked with some assistance and abundant advice from the three daughters. Some advice was related to the vineyard. This is clearly evident in the end result.
The graphic designer who lived in the north, was called upon to create the brand and label the bottle.
“The chain must not be broken,” they said. “Then the dolls must be of paper,” was the reply.
But lo, before the label was even begun the designer’s own daughter, the apple of her mother’s eye,
came home from school to proudly show the paper doll chain she had made in class that day.
And so it was that the label was made, the wine was bottled, the word went out and the story’s next chapter lies now, in your hands.
Huntress Wines are created from small parcels of vineyards throughout the Wairarapa valley. They are crafted with intention and aroha and express the seasonality of grapegrowing.
It is natural for me to connect closely with the produce sustained by the land I love, have grown or that is collected by my hands. My offering to you is a promise to honor the intimate relationship between food security and our whenua; kaitiakitanga. Our mission at Huntress is to share with you thoughtful wines, with strong, enduring, complex, and life-sustaining character. Wines that are a natural extension of who I am and a reflection of who I want to become
An adventurous spirit, sustainable values
and most importantly, great tasting wines.
Would love a glass of wine, but don’t want to waste a whole bottle when you only want a glass or two? Yes, us too. That’s why we decided to break the barriers and create a truly unique range, wines that travel where others don’t dare. Chic, portable and convenient, they also taste and look great!
We’re passionate about wine being a part of everyday life to be enjoyed whenever, wherever. We want it to be fun and accessible, from festivals to feasts and flights of fancy. JOIY is crafted from premium vineyards to create a truly tasty drink. We reckon that’s why we’ve been awarded medals from around the globe. Grab that glass (or can) and raise a toast to a moment of JOIY! Sparkling, still or low alcohol seltzers, we’ve got you covered.
The environmental benefits of the can are plenty, and for the fun times – they also chill quicker and give you individual portions.
Convenience without compromise.
Archer McRae Beverages ~ JOIY
Known Unknown is the winery formerly known as Te Aro Wine.
The world of wine can be exclusive and elitist, however, as an urban winery we’re dedicated to changing that. We want to make wine fun, approachable, accessible, and transparent.
We look outside the wine world in terms of how we make and sell wine because it pushes the boundaries and pushes us forward. We are influenced by art, design, music and food and thrive on collaborating across disciplines.
Most importantly, our wines are fruit-forward, fun, bright and expressive.
From our Celtic roots, ‘Le Grá’ means ‘with love’ and that’s how we approach everything here in the Wairarapa. What separates good wines from great wines? We believe it’s love. That’s why we, Brian, Nicky and Órlaith Geary, started this family business. It’s with absolute care and attention we produce our wines, and we hope you can taste the love in each bottle. As our family grows, becomes stronger and more experienced in wine, so does our Le Grá story. The labels will keep growing yearly with every vintage, adding a ring to our vine, and so adding another chapter to our story. When we decided to come home to the Wairarapa we wanted to find something we could put all our effort into and see the fruits of our labour come to bear – we think we have found it in Le Grá vineyard and winery. We love working together outdoors, have an appreciation for great food and drink and enjoy meeting people to share in new experiences – it’s a match made in heaven.
Sustainable, restorative farming!
We look after our land and soils, employing regenerative and organic farming principles and practices across both of our vineyards, eliminating the need for harmful herbicides and pesticides in our ecosystems.
Better, cleaner farming is good for us all.
Established in 1992, Margrain Vineyard remains proudly owned and operated by the Margrain family and with the second generation now installed, still holds true to the founding principle of growing and crafting wines with verve, balance and finesse, from some of the region’s oldest vineyards.
Set in the heart of Martinborough, Margrain offers the complete vineyard experience with 19 rooms of accommodation, conference facilities, a Cellar Door which is open 7 days throughout the year and The Vineyard Café which serves our wines paired with tasty dishes prepared with an emphasis on freshly sourced local produce.
Comprising just 10 Hectares on a single site, the vineyard is planted to 7 different varieties from which a range of heady aromatic whites and beautifully textured Pinot Noirs are hand crafted. The essence of the Martinborough terroir is channelled into these wines by a small and extremely passionate team, some of whom have themselves worked there for decades. Chris Robinson meticulously tends the vines with the respect, understanding and attention to detail that is only possible on a venture of this scale, while long term winemaker Strat Canning coaxes the grapes through to wine with a passion and reverence that arises from his long association with the brand.
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.
Matahiwi Estate is located in the heart of the Wairarapa. We are a small but dedicated team who pride themselves on being an award-winning local family owned winery making great wines to enjoy! We will have with us our show stopper Holly South Series Pinot Noir and our ever popular bubbly Rose plus more.
Nga Waka Winery
Nga Waka Winery
Nga Waka Winery has seven small vineyards scattered around the township of Martinborough, producing mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plus small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Rose. Established in 1988 Nga Waka was one of the early wineries in Martinborough. Winemaker, Roger Parkinson, has made every wine since the first vintage in 1993.
The name is taken from Nga Waka A Kupe (The Canoes of Kupe). The three hills, which lie side by side like upturned canoes, form the backdrop for the town of Martinborough and its surrounds. Legend has it that the hills were formed by the three canoes of the famed Polynesian explorer Kupe, which were carried inland by a huge earthquake and came to rest in the valley behind Martinborough.
Palliser Estate is one of the pioneers of the Martinborough region, a place that is now synonymous with growing and making great wine – especially Pinot Noir. Palliser helped put the region on the map globally which is something we’re truly proud of, as is our sustainability record and connection to our land and community. All our wines are 100% estate grown. We have six vineyards situated on the revered Martinborough Terrace, 35% of which are under organic management with the aim to take this to 100% by 2025. Palliser is locally owned and has had a strong sense of connection to our local community since the beginning, one part being establishing the Martinborough School Computer Trust which is still going strong today. Palliser has excitingly begun a new era by producing single vineyard series of wines, made to reveal the diversity of our own vineyards and region with the aim to make iconic wines that link us to our Martinborough home in every sense.
The original Porters vineyard on Kitchener Street, the main road into Martinborough, was five acres of bare and stony paddock until we planted Pinot Noir and a little Pinot Gris in 1992, with the first vintage off the block in 1995.
In 2006 another five acres of Pinot Noir vineyard was purchased next door to the homestead at 47 Kitchener Street. To the rear, a one hundred year old barn and stables was converted to a winery, being pressed into service just in time for the vintage in 2000.
The original vines are now more than twenty five years old and the richness and texture displayed in our wines that can only come from older vines is very much in evidence.
For us to have been able to create all this from a bare stony paddock and to raise our children on this land is reward in itself.
Established in 1984, Te Kairanga is an important part of the Martinborough wine story. Our vines are planted on land that was originally owned by the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin.
While our land is steeped in history, our winemaking is very much focused on the future; “to fully realise the potential of this incredible piece of land,” according to our Head Winemaker John Kavanagh.
Pinot Noir is the beating heart of Te Kairanga. Small parcels of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Riesling showcase the abundance of our region.
The Elder Pinot
The Elder Pinot
The Elder Pinot is a small Martinborough wine producer. A family business formed in 2010, between Mike & Margaret Hanson, and Nigel Elder.
Our philosophy is to produce a limited quantity of single vineyard, Estate grown wines from only the best vintages, dedicated to uncompromised quality, with an emphasis on the elegant, savoury characteristics and structure of great pinots.
The vineyard is located at the Southern end of the Te Muna Valley, at the confluence of the Huangarua and Ruakokopatuna rivers, and protected from the South by a low rise. The vines are in sight of Craggy Range and Escarpment vineyards, but on a significantly more elevated terrace, resulting in a largely frost free site. The soil profile is elevated river bed over large limestone boulders; seriously stony, with very low fertility and a notable mineral element. Planted in 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Gris, the Pinot Noir vines are 19-20 years old, spread across a number of clones, and the Pinot Gris vines are 12-13 years old.
11.30-1.30pm Lauren and the Lemons
11.30-1.30pm Lauren and the Lemons
Lauren and the Lemons
Talented chanteuse Miss Lauren Armstrong joins forces with Christopher Yeabsley for a soul tinged take on 30’s Jazz, filtered through a 60’s boogaloo prism.
1.30-3.30pm Carl Webley
1.30-3.30pm Carl Webley
Carl is a versatile guitarist singer-songwriter specialising in acoustic folk-rock music. With a vast repertoire including some of Carls’ original songs he can entertain with delicate finger-picked tunes right through to high-energy sing-alongs. Carl performs regularly at some of New Zealand’s most loved vineyards across the country such as ‘Colombo’, ‘Blackbarn’, Te Kairanga (‘Toast Martinborough’), ‘Escarpment’, ‘Villa Maria’ and ‘Marlborough Wine Festival’.
Crossroads is a Wellington-based group playing Irish music the way it was meant to be heard – spirited, acoustic, real. Composed of Adam Costa (fiddle; Wellington, latterly of County Armagh), Pat Higgins (flute/ whistles; Galway) and Gerry Paul (guitar; Scotland) This international trio brings the famous sound of the great pubs of Ireland to add atmosphere to any occasion! You may not be able to get to Ireland right now, but you can get it right here, with Crossroads.
6.30-8.30pm DJ Takas
6.30-8.30pm DJ Takas
Dj Takas plays an even mix of nostalgia and left field nuggets. He is a DJ with few limits and many sounds. His dance floor is a treat to enjoy, long lost favourites that you love, woven into contemporary tunes of tomorrow. He has been resident at many of the Capitals finest bars and clubs over the last 18 years. He has played at many festivals and venues throughout Aotearoa, along side the likes of Mark Rae, The Nextmen and DJ Day, The Scratch Perverts and London Electricity. Chivas Regal, Weta Digital, and Havana Club, are but a few of the international brands Takas has curated music for.
General Admission - $50
Luigi Bormioli wine glass to keep
Premium food offerings
The inaugural Welly Boutique Wine Festival will arrive at Foxglove on Saturday 28th August,
with over 20 small producers showcasing their wine styles and varietals at this all-new festival to grace the capital of Aotearoa.
Unlike any other wine festival, the WBWF offers attendees the chance to discover some of
the region’s most incredible hidden boutique brands. The core mission of the festival is to
support small production, independent Kiwi wineries.
This festival is a vibrant showcase of brands - some not readily available - to give attendees
who love wine a sensory blast with tastes, aromas, observations, all while listening to the
fascinating stories behind the crafting of each of the winemaker’s products.
The festival offers thoughtfully inspired platters that match our unique Kiwi wine styles, combining synergy and sensation when delicious dishes are so perfectly imbibed with the nectar from the (Kiwi) Gods.
Our totally interactive festival is an ideal platform to provide the
attendees with taste sensations that enhance, complement, and sublimely pair with our
exhibitor’s wines. Live visual and audio entertainment, and the
unique ‘Trolley Dolly’ experience make this a festival not to be missed!
For 2021 we have opened up TWO sessions to choose from:
(First session) 11:30am - 3:30pm
(Second session) 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Giving you more freedom and more choice to explore the boutique wines we have to offer!
AT THE FESTIVAL YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PURCHASE
Taste pour 30mls
Glass pour 110mls
Bottle orders may be made directly with wineries
Foxglove Bar & Kitchen - 33 Queens Wharf, Wellington Central
The festival is taking place upstairs at Foxglove. Arrival / registration entrance from Lady Elizabeth Lane, next to Cuckoo.
SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST
11:30am - 3:30pm
4:30pm - 8:30pm
After purchase, this will be emailed to you. Print it out or have it ready on your phone. No ticket, no Festival.
Proof of Age
License, passport or proof of age card are a must-have.
Please note Wellington BWF is a strictly 18+ only event. People under the age of 18, including infants and younger children, will not be permitted entry.
We have put the call out to the independent and boutique wineries around New Zealand to bring together their most beautiful wines for you to taste and fall in love with at the Festival!
Each exhibiting wineries will have their own pricing with taste pours starting from $4.00 and glass pours from $8.00
- Taste pour 30mls
- Glass pour 110mls
As you enter, you’ll be given an Wayver Currency Wristband, Festival Glass and your Official festival Programme. And then you’ll be good to go!
Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the festival space. Smokers are asked to smoke outside the main entrance and to one side.
Staff & Volunteers
This festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of many awesome staff and volunteers. They’ll all be in black and white striped t-shirts with the Craft’d logo so will be easy to identify.
While the BWF is all about responsible wine appreciation and education in a chill and festive atmosphere, anti-social, drunken or rude behavior will not be accepted.
Water is freely available
There will be plenty of water stations throughout the venue.