Estate vineyard is located on the Dry River Terraces approximately six kilometres
south of Martinborough on Dry River Road. The vineyard from its elevated site has spectacular views to the Tararua Ranges. The Dry River area was one of the first
sheep stations farmed in the Wairarapa from the 1840's. Among the surrounding vineyards are Coney Wines, Murdoch James, Stonecrop and Margrain's River Edge Vineyard.

The first vines were planted in 2003 and were dry grown, that is without irrigation, so as to become deep
rooted and in due course produce strong varietal flavours. These vines were planted by the owners and loyal friends, whose enthusiasm for digging holes in a stony river bed surprisingly waned after the first hour.
The first three acres of the 20 acre block were planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling as well as four clones of Pinot Noir. Those vines produced the first small vintage in 2007 for the whites and
2008 for the red. A further three acres produced fruit in 2011.

The label depicts the owners' three daughters who have provided abundant advice since the vineyard was established, some of it related to the vineyard. The story's next chapter lies now in your hands.

Taranaki Daily News
Family Establishes New Wine Label, October 2008
The Igguldens, a Hawera family who own a vineyard at Martinborough, used the Ronald Hugh Morrieson literary awards function yesterday for a local launch of their first decent grape crop, bottled under their own Hamden Estate label...-[view more]
Hamden Estate - About
Home > Wineries & Vineyards in South Wairarapa > Hamden Estate Wine sales are avaliable most weekends on site and through the email address. The winds meant a light crop but all indications are that the flavours will be outstanding. We look forward to our first tastes...[view more]
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The Wairarapa features boutique wineries located on ancient alluvial river terraces. They have low rainfall, hot summers and a long dry autumn. This, combined with low yields, provides the right balance for producing top quality Pinot Noir, and other early ripening varieties.... - [view more]
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Home > Food & Wine > Our Cellar Doors > Hamden Estate Also out on the Dry River terrace is Hamden Estate. The cellar door is open most weekends. The first vines were planted in 2003 and were dry grown, that is without irrigation... - [view more]
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