Wai­heke Is­land pops cork on vin­tage fes­ti­val events

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By GE­ORGE GARD­NER

Wine will be flow­ing and taste­buds kicked into over­drive dur­ing a nine-day har­vest cel­e­bra­tion that of­fers more than 50 events in the first Wai­heke Vin­tage Fes­ti­val.

The event was launched on Tues­day evening at The Goldie Room on Wai­heke Is­land and or­gan­is­ers are looking for­ward to a busy time.

The fes­ti­val of­fi­cially starts to­mor­row and runs un­til April 6 bring­ing to­gether mem­bers of the Wai­heke Wine­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion to show­case their bou­tique in­dus­try dur­ing har­vest time.

Cel­e­bra­tory events will be held at 17 vineyards and sev­eral will be free.

At­ten­dees will have a range of ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing wine tast­ings, blending sessions, mu­sic and opera de­gus­ta­tion din­ners.

Wine­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman Jenny Holmes says the in­dus­try is thrilled to be putting it on.

‘‘The fact they are open­ing their doors at what is their busiest time of year, amaz­ing.

‘‘Peo­ple should take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity to be part of the buzz. It’s for nine days only and these spe­cial events won’t be avail­able year-round.’’

A loop bus will op­er­ate ev­ery day dur­ing the fes­ti­val from 9am till 5pm. The adult fare is $14 and al­lows vis­i­tors to get on and off as many times as they like. The ticket can also be used on the reg­u­lar bus ser­vice.

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