Opposite an olive grove on the tiny Omapere side road is where you’ll find the tiny timber tasting shed next to Susan and Mark Haythornthwaite’s house and vineyard. It looks out over rustic picnic tables and a sun-drenched lawn.
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Mark Haythornthwaite, a wine enthusiast originally from South Africa, planted Haythornthwaite Vineyard in 2005 and they’re one of the only vineyards in Martinborough that’s persevered with gewurztraminer. “It’s our passion, it’s the wine we love,” says Mark. “So, we make a dry gewurztraminer, and off-dry gewurztraminer, and at the other end of the spectrum we do an auslese or late-harvest style”. They also produce pinot gris, pinot noir and a rosé.
The pinot noir is packed with spice; the noble gewurztraminer Maureen is unctuous and toffee-laden.
Tired and overloaded cyclists needn’t worry, Mark and Susan are happy to deliver your purchases to your accommodation.