Wine Focused Events of Note

Wine Wairarapa
6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Tuesday 2 September 2014
Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Tuesday 30 September 2014
St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Cost $45.00 pp (plus booking fees, group discounts apply)
Tickets: From Ticketek, Tel: 0800 TICKETEK, Web: There will be NO door sales. The ticket cost includes all tastings and canapes

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 The wine producers of the Wairarapa are billing their region as the "original home” of Pinot Noir in New Zealand. There’s plenty of truth behind this statement despite Pinot Noir wines having been made in other regions before. However, there’s no denying the fact that the Wairarapa was the first growing district to make Pinot Noir the flagship variety, and indeed consistently make world class examples. The Gladstone and Masterton areas have now joined Martinborough in presenting the Wairarapa as a Pinot Noir stronghold, with arguably the most complex and structured examples in the country across the board.

Pinot Noir will be the feature at ‘Wine Wairarapa’ where over 20 Wairarapa producers will offer over 100 wines for tasting in Auckland and Wellington. Wine lovers in these cities will be able to meet winemakers and owners, and discuss their wines, and the uniqueness of their winegrowing region.

The vineyards participating in both Auckland and Wellington are: Big Sky Wines, Cambridge Road, Cottier Estate, Escarpment Vineyard, Fairmont Estate, Gladstone Vineyard, Hamden Estate, Johner Estate, Julicher Estate, Lynfer Estate, Margrain Vineyard, Martinborough Vineyard, Matahiwi Estate, Murdoch James Estate, Paddy Borthwick, Palliser Estate, Paulownia Estate, Schubert Wines, Te Hera Estate, Te Kairanga Wines, The Cabbage Tree Vineyard, The Elder Pinot and Urlar. Additional to the Wellington event are: Coney Wines, Nga Waka, Porters Pinot and Vynfields.

Trade tastings will be held from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm at both venues, with Masterclasses conducted from 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm, by Sam Kim in Auckland and John Saker in Wellington. Entry is complimentary for the trade, but registrations must be made at

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