Wine Focused Events of Note

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 2016
11.00 am to 5.00 pm, Saturday 12 March 2016
The Cliffs Riverside Reserve, Dakins Road, Gladstone
Cost: $50.00 per person, Groups of 10 or more at discount: $45.00 per person
Tickets: Ticket Direct: 
This is the tenth year of the Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival and it has become one of the most popular among wine lovers due to its ‘grass roots’ philosophy.  It marks the start of vintage for the district’s wine growers.  It’s a family day out in the country with a focus on trying some new and hard-to-find wines, eating some delicious food and being entertained, all in a relaxed and natural setting, with the whole experience not too hard on the pocket.

The venue is ‘The Cliffs Riverside Reserve’ on the banks of the Ruamahanga River, near the end of Dakins Road, just 10 minutes drive from Carterton and Masterton.  It’s extremely accessible by car (make sure you have a nominated driver!), but if you don’t want to drive, there are train and shuttle service options.

The festival features the wines of the wider Wairarapa region.  The food is also Wairarapa based with producers, cafés and restaurants making their wares available.  Art exhibitions and displays add interest.  The 17 wine exhibitors are Cambridge Road, Borthwick Vineyard, Cottier Estate, Fairmont Estate, Gladstone Vineyard, Hudson Vineyard, Johner Estate, Julicher Estate, Loopline Vineyard, Lynfer Estate, Matahiwi Estate, Murdoch James, Paper Road Vineyard, Paulownia Estate, Schubert Wines, Urlar and Waipipi Homestead Vineyard.  On the food front will be Ant North Catering, Bar Salute, Clareville Bakery, Entice Café, Gladstone Inn, La Bella Italia, Paper Road Cafe, Two Short Whites Café and Wakelin House.  The entertainment will be crooner Steve Carlin, the popular Shenanigans and covers band The Satisfactions. 

Tickets are limited to 2000 issued and there will be no gate sales. Don’t miss out!

For more information, visit: or contact the organiser Liz Pollock by email: or by phone: 0274 774-717

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