Shock over Win­ery Tour’s can­cel­la­tion

The Dominion Post - - News - JACK VAN BEYNEN

Two venues that were set to host The Win­ery Tour are ‘‘shocked’’ and ‘‘dis­ap­pointed’’ by its sud­den can­cel­la­tion.

Pro­mot­ers of the 10-stop tour in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary an­nounced on Tues­day that all shows were can­celled due to ‘‘un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances.’’ Any tick­ets pur­chased will be re­funded.

The tour was set to fea­ture mu­si­cians Betty-Anne Monga, Hol­lie Smith, Che Fu, An­nie Crum­mer and Ja­son Ker­ri­son, along­side Tami Neil­son.

For some of the wineries on the tour, its can­cel­la­tion has come as a shock.

Fans have also ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment on so­cial me­dia.

Neu­dorf Vine­yards in Up­per Moutere near Nel­son was set to be the first stop on the 10-venue tour on Jan­uary 19. The win­ery has been a tour reg­u­lar since the show’s first it­er­a­tion in 2007.

Neu­dorf owner Judy Finn said as a Hol­lie Smith ‘‘fan­girl’’ she was dis­ap­pointed the tour wasn’t go­ing ahead.

‘‘What a great lineup. It was go­ing to be a huge sort of sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion and party. We are dis­ap­pointed and we just hope it’s not go­ing to be the end of the tour. I’m sure it won’t be.’’

She said the tour’s pro­mot­ers had been good to work with in the past.

‘‘They’ve been re­ally won­der­ful to work with, we re­ally en­joy their con­cert, they do it so well, and it’s great fun. It comes just be­fore our vin­tage so we’ve got this huge work ahead of us and this is sort of like the cel­e­bra­tion.’’

She did not know why the tour had been can­celled.

He­len Wil­son, func­tions and events man­ager at As­cen­sion Wine Es­tate in Matakana, was equally in the dark. ‘‘I was as shocked as ev­ery­one else,’’ she said.

As­cen­sion Wine Es­tate has been in­cluded on the tour be­fore, and Wil­son said it was al­ways a good night.

‘‘We’re def­i­nitely dis­ap­pointed be­cause it’s one of our big­gest nights, and it’s nor­mally a re­ally easy one to run, too.’’

In 2014, a Palmer­ston North show on the win­ery tour was can­celled due to ‘‘un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances’’.

Pro­mot­ers Brent Ec­cles and Camp­bell Smith did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

The Win­ery Tour 2018 was set to fea­ture Betty-Anne Monga, Hol­lie Smith, Che Fu, An­nie Crum­mer and Ja­son Ker­ri­son.

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