Fairmont Estate wins 13th gold medal in Pinot class.

Boutique and specialist Pinot Noir producer Fairmont Estate is celebrating winning its 13th gold medal at this years longest running wine competition, the Easter Wine Show.  Click here to read more.














Gladstone Vineyard takes the Pinot Noir at the Australian Boutique Wine Awards. 

Wairarapa's Gladstone Vineyard has taken the top prize for Pinot Noir at the elite Australian Boutique Wine Awards in Sydney, making it back-to-back trophies for Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir. 
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About the Region

The river's legacy is evident everywhere in rural Gladstone, bisecting the district's rolling countryside and cutting steep cliffs. It is most dramatic in three natural river terraces rising steeply from the stony riverbed and built up by its ebb and flow over centuries. 
Regional similarities in alluvial soils and cool climatic conditions stimulated early vineyard developments in the late 1980s, and over the years subtle variations in wine tastes and wine-making have emerged to reflect the district's particular conditions.  Unrestrained by town boundaries, the scale of most Gladstone vineyards is more extensive than nearby Martinborough.


The Ruamahanga River deposited high quality loam on the lower river terraces, while flat higher terraces revel in long hours of bright sunshine and vigorous winds for healthy vines. Moderate rainfall complements fertile growing conditions as the harmonious cycle continues.