Martinborough is 65 kilometres east of Wellington. One of the three main sub-regions of Wairarapa, the small town is a relatively new viticulture site. Vines were first planted in the late 70s. Now home to twenty odd wineries, the town's centre is now referred to as 'the wine village'. The large number of vineyards are famous for their Pinot Noir grapes which thrive in the rich soils thanks to the regions warm microclimate. For what this township lacks in size, it makes up for it in its distinct, intense flavoured wines which are some of the most highly regarded in the country. Other main Varietals here include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Riesling.