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The Porters vineyard was a bare and stony paddock, until planted in vines by Annabel & John Porter in 1992. We made our first vintage in 1995. Our vineyard is on Kitchener Street, the main road into Martinborough. The first vineyard was just five acres, growing Pinot Noir and a little Pinot Gris.

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Then, a few years ago, we purchased another five acres of Pinot Noir on the vineyard next door to our house at 47 Kitchener Street.

It is behind this house that we converted the one hundred year old barn and stables into our winery – which was completed just in time for our vintage in 2000.

The vineyards are very much a hands-on operation, and we adopt organic principles and practices wherever possible. Vine prunings are either burnt or mulched back into the soil, the pips and skins from the pressed grapes are composted and used as mulch, and sprays are kept to the bare minimum. Even our packaging is designed to be used as a permanent cellar boxes or recycled.

Yields are low. Our emphasis is on producing grapes of the best quality every vintage. Our winemaking methods are gentle, resulting in wines which truly reflect the terroir and vintage conditions.

Great wine, after all, is made in the vineyard.

Our original vines are more than twenty years old now – and the richness and texture that can only come from older vines is very much in evidence.

Our wines are now served not only in the top restaurants in Wellington (such as Logan Brown, The White House, Boulcott Street Bistro, Charlie Nobles) but also in top Auckland restaurants, and throughout the country. We also export our Pinot Noir to the London wine trade, and other places overseas.

For us to have been able to create all this from a bare stony paddock and to raise our children in Martinborough – is reward in itself.

We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy producing them.


2012 Pinot Noir

This wine is rich and delicious — a fine example of a Martinborough Pinot Noir.

2013 Pinot Gris

This wine is pale straw-coloured, but bright, with intense aromas of pear and stonefruit.

2009 Reserve Pinot Noir

This wine was released in 2012 to celebrate 20 years since we planted our first grapes in Martinborough.

The latest from our blog - stay up to date with new developments & updates from the vineyard.

Porters Pinot – Short Documentary

A short documentary about John Porter and Porters Pinot originally made as a Film School project.

Porters ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009

Recent review from Raymond Chan Wine Reviews.

Although Porters Pinot is one of the smallest commercial Martinborough wine producers, it is an enduring one, now in its 22nd year. Proprietor John Porter is a hands-on winegrower and winemaker, when not at his legal firm in Wellington, and he has developed a more elegant and ethereal style of Pinot Noir that suits his 6.4 ha of vines. Those who appreciate the likes of Volnay and Chambolle-Musigny will be in a good position to understand the Porters Pinot which is markedly different to most from the district. In 2009, John made his first ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir, much bigger than what is normally made, the wine reflecting the vintage (click here to see my review). In the cooler 2012 vintage, John made his second ‘Reserve’ wine, and this is a wine of “elegance rather than brute force” according to him, the wine more his ‘house style’. While so, I find it has real depth and concentration. Here is my review of the wine.


Even, garnet-red colour, with pale brick-orange hues on rim. This has an elegantly proportioned, intense nose with concentrated red berry fruits intricately interwoven with aromas of herbs, mineral and earth. With aeration an intriguing array of complex, savoury meat, spice, oak and cedar aromatics unfold, the bouquet growing in depth. Medium-full bodied, a tightly packed core of savoury and spicy red berry fruits is the feature, showing with richness and sweetness. Layers of earth, game, spices, meat and cedar unfold providing great interest and detail. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannins and fresh, lacy acidity. The mouthfeel is elegant, but concentrated, with real vitality, freshness and energy, and the wine carries through to a very long, lingering finish of red fruits, spices and game. This is an elegantly concentrated, complex and detailed Pinot Noir with a full and lively array of savoury red fruit, spices, game and cedar. Serve with casseroles, duck and lamb dishes over the next 6-7+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the older vines, nearly 20 y.o., clones 10/5, Abel and some 5, fully destemmed and 85% indigenous yeast fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine spending 20 days on skins and aged 9 months in 30% new Francois Freres oak. 18.5/20 Jul 2014 RRP $75.00

Dominion Post – Wine Of The Week

Joelle Thomson from The Dominion Post featured Porters Pinot in her Wines Of The Week.

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Winemaker’s Loft

When we renovated our 100 year old barn to create our winery, we created a luxury modern double apartment in the loft. Complete with the original matai flooring and dormer windows, its french doors open onto a balcony with panoramic views of neighbouring vineyards.

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The Winemaker’s Loft is a few minutes walk from Martinborough village square with its shops, galleries, wine merchants and exclusive restaurants. Many vineyards are also within easy walking distance.

  • One double bedroom/living room with french doors opening onto balcony
  • All linen and towels provided
  • Kitchenette with fridge, toaster and kettle
  • Bathroom with large powerful shower
  • Basic breakfast provisions provided
  • Rates - $190 for one night, $160 for 2+ nights



RIMG0060_20Want to sample accommodation with a different atmosphere? How about in a converted 100-year-old barn that’s been renovated and now features a self-contained loft apartment that overlooks a vineyard. It’s a very rural setting. You’ll find wild pigs, Pekin ducks and rabbits in abundance at the Old Barn winery, which is home to the Porters Pinot operation of John Porter and Annabel Clayton. When the couple renovated the barn to create their winery, which produces a top-notch 2004 pinot, they built a luxury modern double apartment with the original matai flooring and dormer windows. The French doors open on to a balcony with panoramic views. Best of all, The Winemaker’s Loft is just a few minutes’ walk from Martinborough village square with its shops, galleries, wine merchants and restaurants. Many vineyards are also within easy walking distance. Guests will find all linen and towels provided, a kitchenette with fridge, toaster and kettle, bathroom with power shower… Wayne Dobbin - Winestate May/June 2006

Pruners Cottage



This is a very simple option for overnight stay with a double bed & bathroom. No cooking facilities – apart from tea & coffee… and wine of course! A very popular option for budget minded travellers, who want to sleep within a few meters of our vineyard! In a quiet & cosy setting just minutes from Martinborough Square.


$100 per couple per night.

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Contact: Jackie or Tanya
Martinborough Reservation Services
Tel: +64 6 379 9219
Mobile: 027 679 3040
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Where can you find us?

Our wines are now served not only in the top restaurants in Wellington (including: Logan Brown, The White House, Boulcott Street Bistro, Beaujolais, Zibibo) but also in top Auckland restaurants and throughout the country. We also export our Pinot Noir to the London wine trade, and other places overseas.


Porters Pinot (New Zealand)

648 Homewood Road,
Masterton, RD 12,
New Zealand.

Contact: Annabel or John Porter
Telephone: +64 6 372 3717
Fax: +64 6 372 3718
Web site:

red+white cellar (Auckland, New Zealand)

P.O. Box 1316
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140

Telephone: +64 9 376 0760
Fax: +64 9 376 0761

Akkerman Rare Wines (Australia)

P.O box 654
Forster, NSW 2428

Contact: Dr. Klaas Akkerman
Telephone: +61 2 6555 8178

Hard to Find Wines (United Kingdom)

Dalton House
60 Windsor Avenue,
United Kingdom,
SW19 2RR

Telephone: +44 845 293 2925
Fax: +44 1952 22 11 11
Web site:

Linsoni Inc (USA)

290 NE 51 St
Fort Lauderdale
FL 33334

Telephone: +1 954 772 1800
Contact: Don Lampasone

Frederick Wildman & Sons Ltd (USA)

307 East 53rd Street
New York,
NY 10022

Telephone: +1 212 355 0700 or 800-RED WINE
Fax: +1 212 355 4719
Web site:

648 Homewood Road, RD 12, Masterton, New Zealand
Tel: +64 6 372 3717
Fax: +64 6 372 3718

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