Wine Focused Events of Note

The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration 2016
Monday 1 to Wednesday 3 February 2016
Marlborough, New Zealand
Cost: $2,070.00 pp
Registrations (open now):
For more information: or contact Sarah Booker, Tel: 021 033-1675 or Email:

The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration will be held in Marlborough from Monday 1 to Wednesday 3 February 2016. It follows a similar format to the successful Pinot Noir conferences that have been held on a three-yearly basis in Wellington since 2001. This is the first time such a celebration focussed on Sauvignon Blanc has been organised. Sauvignon 2016 is designed to show the world’s producers, experts and key influencers what is being achieved with this country’s most important variety.

The ISBC committee of Patrick Materman, Blair Gibbs, Chris Yorke, Ivan Sutherland, Brian Bicknell, Ruud Maasdam, Roscoe Johanson, Kat Wiggins, Mike Brown, Damien Yvon and Marcus Pickens have devised a programme of activities that will give a comprehensive insight into New Zealand Sauvignon and what if offers to the global market.

The Sauvignon 2016 programme will give attendees the opportunity of hearing from expert guest speakers about growing and making the wine, regionality, styles and diversity. It will also feature tastings with Sauvignon Blanc around the world, classical New Zealand examples and alternative styles. There will be the opportunity of tasting over 200 wines. Flavour and food compatibility can be explored in conjunction with the incorporated culinary programme which culminates in a gala dinner.

Sauvignon 2016 will be held in Blenheim, but attendees will be transported around the region and participate in a number of events at wineries in the region.
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