Wine Focused Events of Note

Waiheke Wine and Food Festival 2017
11.00 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday 1 April 2017 (Rain Date: Sunday 2 April)
Te Motu ‘The Airstrip’, 78 Onetangi Road, Waiheke Island
Cost: Off Island Tickets $95.00 (adult); On Island Tickets $64.00 (adult), includes ferry and bus transport
Early Bird Tickets up to 1 February 2014: Off Island $89.00 (adult), On Island Tickets $59.00 (adult)
For more information: Jenny Holmes, Waiheke Winegrowers Association, Cell: 027 712-0384 or Email:

For many years, the wines of Waiheke Island were difficult to access not only due to the relatively high pricing, but small production. Recent years have seen this change significantly as the quantities of wines and number of producers has increased, and the wines become more affordable. The island’s wine producers grow predominantly on hillside vineyards, and the Bordeaux-varietal reds and Syrah wines, along with Chardonnay and Viognier are the best regarded. However, Waiheke also produces other varieties and styles of extremely high quality.

While visiting the producers is the best way to get to know the wines, the wine and food festivals are a great way to see most of them at one time. The Waiheke Wine and Food Festival is now under the sponsorship of Fullers, the Auckland ferry operator who offers good transport options for those travelling from off Waiheke Island. The festival will have 19 wineries offering their wines complemented by local artisan food, and there will be live entertainment.

The exhibiting wineries are: Awaroa, Batch, Cable Bay, Frenchmans Hill Estate, Goldie, Kennedy Point, Man O War, Miro, Mudbrick, Obsidian, Passage Rock, Peacock Sky, Poderi Crisci, Postage Stamp, Stonyridge, Tantalus, Te Motu, Wild on Waiheke and Woodside Hill.
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