Ramblin' Man's World Tour 2005 travel blog

Today we caught the local bus just outside our hostel to Wellington's only train station. We took took the train to Featherstone an area of flatland and good temperatures. This was the neighbouring town to Martinborough which was where our tour around its vinyards would take place. Martinborough in the region of Waiarapa is well known as a place for boutique and specialist wineries to come into fruition. There are about 50 odd wineries in around this small attractive and peaceful township, and we spent a good amount of time in three of them giving us an overall look at how they go about making the wine, and looking at what their particular vinyards offer, which ranged from excellent desert wines to traditionally masculine flavoured red wines. We did a lot of wine tasting especially of Pinot Noir which is favoured from this area in New Zealand. During the day we also managed to fit in a visit to the village wine centre where we had a terrific lunch with the rest of our small group.

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