Wine Focused Events of Note

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2015
29 - 31 January, 2015
Queenstown, Central Otago
Full Registration: $1380.00 per person incl. GST
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Having attended the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration at the start of this year, I can concur that it is one of the great wine events in New Zealand. 2015 sees the 11th anniversary, and it allows 200 wine enthusiasts to engage with around 40 Central Otago winemakers and each other. The two day programme is led by the winemakers and international Pinot Noir specialists and is designed to showcase Central Otago Pinot Noir in the context of good company, cuisine and the Central Otago environment and scenery.

The programme starts with an optional Central Otago Masterclass then a welcoming pre-dinner drinks featuring a selection of the region’s white wines. The second day features a ‘Grand Tasting’ with each of the Central Otago wineries involved showing their Pinot Noirs. The third day has a ‘Formal Tasting’ of rarer wines. Throughout the programme, a series of lunches and dinners at winery and Queenstown restaurants has been organised culminating in the ‘Grand Dinner’ and ‘Charity Auction’ on the final night.

There is an ‘Early Bird’ option of paying for registrations before 30 November 2014, at $1196.00, and as mentioned above, the Central Otago Masterclass on the first day is optional, costing $55.00. If you are intending to attend, do request information on accommodation, as there is strong demand at the time of the year.

The Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration comes highly recommended. For my overview of the 2014 Celebration, click here – it has links to take you to my review articles of the tastings. Also, I suggest you check out the website for more information. See you there!

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