Wairarapa wine region occupies the bottom tip of the North Island of New Zealand, around 35 miles from the nation's capital, Wellington. The main centre, Masterton and the small farming town of Gladstone sit to the north, while the region of Martinborough lies to the south. Vineyards are planted amongst river terraces to the west of Carterton and Greytown. Wairarapa is more aligned to Marlborough than to any of the North Island wine regions, and the style of its powerful Pinot Noir is the region's most planted and highly acclaimed grape variety. The region also makes Sauvignon Blanc in a similar style to the Martinborough. In addition, it produces some impressive reds including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties.