She’s got a mouth and a palate. Seriously dynamic with all of the local gems and direct contact to the back door of some of the best food producers and winemakers”

– Hayley July 2020

This was a brilliant tasting tour where we actually learned how to TASTE  and get the most out of our experience.”

Rachael June 2020

Nicola Belsham

Wine lover, food lover, loves to talk

Nicola has been heavily involved in the wine industry for the past 20 years.  Having spent her early professional years in graphic design, illustrating and designing wine labels, it was an easy move to wine. 

After earning her stripes in Dublin as a high-street giant Oddbins retail manager, she moved to Sicily to work in vineyards whilst still lending a hand to wine label design and packaging. 

Nicola moved back to New Zealand in  2001 to open an independent wine business and has hosted wine and food education, events and tours for customers and clients, International media and VIP’s in Sicily, Dublin, Wellington and Wairarapa. With a few years under her belt working in the vineyard, wine marketing, wine exports and wine tourism, Nicola is THE best person in the region to host Taste Martinborough’s exploration tour!

Carl Fraser

Winemaker, Sommelier, Educator

A local winewmaker with 15 year’s experience, Carl Fraser has many natonal and international awards under his belt. He is passionate about sharing stories of Martinborough’s local history and empowering people from around the globe with winetasting techniques.

There is no better guide on the planet than Carl, to take you behind the scenes on a journey of palate discovery!