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Paringa Wines Sparkling Shiraz 2016
The Pilot by Alpha Domus 2015 Chardonnay and Leonarda Late Harvest
Matakana Estate ‘ME’ 2016 Sauvignon and Rose, and 2015 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 13’ Unoaked Chardonnay 2007
Carrick 2016 Bannockburn Chardonnay and Unravelled Pinot Noir
Alpha Domus 2014 Wingwalker Viognier and The Navigator
Ash Ridge ‘Estate’, ‘Premium’, and ‘Hills & Rivers’ Releases
Selaks ‘The Taste Collection’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Brightwater Vineyards 2016 Lord Rutherford Sauvignon Blancs and 2015 Pinot Noir
Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Organic Chardonnay 2016
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Mud House Waipara Valley Riesling 2016
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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015
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TOSQ Central Otago 2016 Rosé, 2014 Pinot Gris and 2012 Pinot Noir
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Wine Focused Events of Note

Winetopia 2017
Auckland: 5.00 pm-8.30 pm, Friday 9 June 2017, 12.00 pm-3.30 pm and 4.30 pm-8.00 pm, Sunday 10 June 2017, Upstairs, Shed 10, Queens Wharf, 89 Quay Street, Auckland
Wellington: 5.00 pm-8.30 pm, Friday 14 July 2017, 12.00 pm-3.30 pm and 4.30 pm-8.00 pm, Saturday 15 July 2017
Cost: Good Value Tickets: $25.00 (available on first release only), General Admission Tickets: $35.00, Premium Mindfood Tickets: $65.00 plus booking fees on all tickets.  Wellington tickets go through Ticketek, and Auckland tickets go through iTicket.
Tickets and More Information: Registration, tickets and mailing list at

Winetopia is billed as New Zealand’s largest wine tasting event. Organised by Lemongrass Productions which organises high-end food and drinks events, Winetopia has Singapore Airlines as the major sponsor.

The Wintopia festivals are opportunities for wine lovers to meet winemakers and taste from hundreds of wines on offer from the country’s different wine regions accompanied by ‘expertly paired food, and music. The event was held in Auckland last year with three sold-out sessions, which are repeated for 2017, but includes Wellington this year.

Already there are 60 wineries participating in Auckland and around half that number in Wellington so far. The numbers will grow and be added to the lists as they happen. (There i room for 35 winery exhibitors in Wellington.) On hand will be a number of high-profile experts who will be presenting masterclass session. Nick Stock from Australia will be in Auckland, and Bob Campbell MW will be in Wellington. Notable sommeliers will also be present at talks and tasting classes.

In each city, there will be three 3 ½ hour sessions. Tickets start at $25.00 + Booking fee for entry to one session, 5 wine tasting tokens and a wine glass. Attendees will be able to purchase more tokens for the wine and food pairings. The general admission ticket is $35.00 + Booking Fee, and a Premium Mindfood ticket is $65.00 + Booking Fee which includes a goody bag, a glass of premium sparkling and a premium glass.

Attendees can enter the draw for a return flight for 2 to Paris at the Auckland event Wellington events. Details on this and for the masterclass sessions will be announced in due course.

Go to for more information, booking tickets, and to register on the database for email updates.
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