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After selling out in Auckland in 2016, New Zealand’s largest wine tasting event - Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines, returns with an action packed line-up. As to be expected this includes some Ponsonby locals who will be sharing their love of the grape. This includes comedian Brendahn Lovegrove who will be “Sharing a glass” with some well-known personalities, chat-show style. Guests include Sir John Kirwan, photographer Dr Fiona Pardington and Westmere muso Peter Urlich. Jarad Satana of top Freemans Bay restaurant Clooney will be offering sommelier’s tips along with other great restaurant professionals such as Meg Abbot-Walker of Masu and Benjamin Mardle of Euro.
“New Zealand boasts over 670 wineries, far too many for an average Kiwi to check out in one lifetime. We’ve created Winetopia to take attendees far beyond the well-known, behind the closed door of the vineyards and cellar doors of our beautiful country and into the minds of the people that make our world-famous drop,” Eliott said.
Journey through New Zealand’s stunning wine regions, from Northland to Central Otago, sampling all the Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough wines in-between. Wine enthusiasts, lovers and connoisseurs, can taste and take home your top picks from hundreds of wines from 60 amazing wineries at the Auckland event at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf from 9-10 June. Wineries include premium brands such as Mt Difficulty, Pegasus Bay, Kumeu River, Nautilus Estate and smaller boutique brands like Torlese, Herons Flight and Prophets Rock. This is the best way to discover the best our nation has to offer!
NZ Master of Wine Emma Jenkins and renowned Australian wine expert Nick Stock will share their vast knowledge with short free talks and also dedicated Masterclasses. Masterclass Tickets are just an extra $20 and the 40 minute classes include tasting of 5 premium wines.
Renowned comedian, Brendhan Lovegrove, hosts sessions where you can share a glass with some of your favourite wine-loving personalities to unearth their favourite drop, with a splash of humour along the way. Auckland will see Brendhan joined by Sir John Kirwan, Chloe Swarbrick, Scotty Stevenson, Boh Runga, Fiona Pardington and Peter Urlich. Wellington timetable will be announced soon.
Hopetoun Brown return by popular demand to close each session in both Auckland and Wellington, with Auckland seeing the duo joined by the sounds of Finn Scholes. With their eclectic mix of jazz and blues, with a touch of rock and roll, and a pinch of country – these guys are sure to close Winetopia in style.
Singapore Airlines, the presenting sponsors will help visitors explore one of their lead destinations – France - with dedicated French vs NZ wine tastings and the chance for all event attendees to enter to win a return flight for two to Paris with Singapore Airlines.
Plus pair your sumptuous wines with mouth-watering food offerings from a selection of award winning artisans.
Ridiculously Good Value $25* tickets are flying out the door, with now only limited numbers left for some sessions. But never fear online tickets are only $35* and include entry, a wine glass, 5 tasting tokens, complimentary talks and entertainment - this still has to be the best value day in town.
Explore our action-packed timetable now with friends, it’s going to be a really great day out.
Pre-booking tickets essential at www.winetopia.nz