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Neil McCallum at Dry River, Martinborough

Neil McCallum at Dry River, Martinborough

In the 1970s, soil scientist Derek Milne identified Martinborough, Wairarapa, as having potential for growing cool-climate grape varieties. The area has low annual rainfall and cool dry autumns. In 1979 colleague Neil McCallum followed Milne’s advice and planted vines on a terrace formed by the Ruamāhanga and Huangarua rivers 20,000 years ago. He named his vineyard Dry River – also the name of an early Wairarapa sheep station. Other vineyards were soon established on the river terrace, north of Martinborough township. The area has developed a reputation for fine pinot noir and riesling wines.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Wine - The wine boom, 1980s and beyond', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 24 Nov 2008