Record sell-out

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

A sell-out celebration of Cen­tral Otago pinot noir kicks off its 10th an­niver­sary in Queen­stown tomorrow. At least 40 of the re­gion’s wine producers will be open­ing their finest reds over three days for a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­tin­gent of wine­mak­ers and wine writ­ers. Terra Sancta wine­maker and chair of the Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Jen Parr said the event sold out faster than any other time in its 10-year life­span. Renowned Bur­gundy wine­maker and del­e­gate Aubert de Vil­laine, co-owner of Do­maine de la Ro­ma­nee-Conti, is among a del­e­ga­tion spear­head­ing a bid to recog­nise the French wine­mak­ing re­gion as a UNESCO world her­itage site. Ms Parr said de Vil­laine was an in­spi­ra­tion and his de­sire to visit Cen­tral Otago and par­tic­i­pate in the celebration was in­cred­i­ble. She said the sell-out was record break­ing with more than 200 del­e­gates from dozens of coun­tries head­ing to Queen­stown, in­clud­ing wine­mak­ers, som­me­liers and me­dia from the UK, Canada, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, China and Europe. ‘‘Aubert is one of the most eru­dite, ar­tic­u­late and re­spected fig­ures in the wine in­dus­try, yet what strikes you most is the warmth and hu­mil­ity with which he ap­proaches his craft and the peo­ple around him.’’ Do­maine de la Ro­ma­nee-Conti makes high­ly­val­ued, rare and ex­pen­sive wine in a re­gion with a viti­cul­ture his­tory dat­ing back cen­turies. A sin­gle bot­tle of its Richebourg 2007 re­tails for about $2500 in New Zealand.

All go: Jen Parr, among the pinot noir at Terra Sancta win­ery. What: Gibb­ston Wne and Food Fes­ti­val Where: Queen­stown Gar­dens When: March 15 Tick­ets: Gate sales $20 per per­son in­clud­ing three taste to­kens, school aged chil­dren free, VIP and group book­ings avail­able More info: gibb­ston­wine­and­

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