The Dry River Story

Now owned by the Robertson Family, Dry River was first established in 1979 by Dr Neil and Dawn McCallum and was one of Martinborough’s first wineries.

Named for one of South Wairarapa’s earliest sheep stations, Dry River rests on the very arid, gravelly, free-draining soils near the Ruamahunga River, an area known as the Martinborough Terrace.

The McCallums’ dream was to produce unique, high-quality wines that age beautifully. It has been Dry River's focus ever since. 

The wines evolve in the bottle and reward patience by getting better over time.

Dry River has a dedicated team of six, led by Winemaker Wilco Lam. With small vineyards and limited production each year, Dry River continues to sell directly to their loyal club members first and foremost.

Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge each feature a catalogue of Dry River wines and vintages on the lodge wine lists.  Expertly paired with the lodge cuisine, to sample Dry River during your stay is highly recommended.

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