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Pohangina Valley Estate

Pohangina Valley Estate sits under the picturesque Ruahine Range with a beautiful view of snow-capped mountains and the river valley. Just beyond the vines is the classic Kiwi barn structure that houses the tasting room. It’s small but charming with an open fire for winter tastings and a garden for summer. Check out the art and pottery made by local artists.

Things To Know
Owners Bronwyn and Nick Dymock and Fiona McMorran send their grapes to Chris Buring of Oak House in Martinborough to be crafted into wine. A pinot gris, pinot noir and chardonnay are produced, along with a pinot gris-chardonnay blend, and Totara Gold – a pinot gris with a hint of pinot noir. There is also an interesting Beaujolais-style red wine, Totara Reserve, which is made from an as-yet-unidentified grape – despite DNA testing at the University of California Davis – grown on the vineyard.

Our Picks
Try the pinot gris, pinot noir and Totara Gold. And of course the mysterious Totara Reserve.

If you’re planning a visit in March, try to coincide your visit with the annual garden party, which features live jazz and lunch in the gardens (check website for date).