New Zealand Golf Magazine

SOUTH ISLAND ADDED TO NZ’S LARGEST WINE TASTING EVENTS – WINETOPIA

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Wine loving golfers this winter now have a choice of three cities to experience the full spectrum of New Zealand wine with the country’s largest wine tasting and discovery event “Winetopia” appearing in Wellington, Auckland and now for the first time, Christchur­ch.

Showcasing every New Zealand style and with more than fifty wineries participat­ing there is something to get excited about for everyone whether they are a bona fide collector or simply vino curious.

Visitors spend the day chatting with winemakers from around the country, learning what it takes to create outstandin­g wines in their part of Aotearoa and of course, sampling the goods. The events are laid out regionally, so the day of discovery can start in Central Otago, before moving on to North Canterbury, up to Marlboroug­h and all the way to Northland stopping off at Waiarapa, Hawke’s Bay and everywhere else in between. It is an opportunit­y to sample wines from world-renowned producers like Craggy Range and Pegasus Bay to boutiques like Dancing Petrel and Judge Rock.

The bottles opened at this year’s Winetopia event are expected to be phenomenal.

While the country went into its first lockdown in March of 2020, winemakers around the country started picking what proved to be a bumper crop of excellent fruit. That has now resulted in stunning wines and there will be plenty of them at

Winetopia – over 300 available for tasting with everything from Central Otago Pinot Noirs, to Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay­s, Marlboroug­h Albarinos and of course the ever popular Rosé.

A massive line-up of talks, tastings and entertainm­ent takes place across three stages at each event. The cast across all cities includes Masters of Wine Bob Campbell, Stephen Wong, Emma Jenkins, Matt Deller, Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas and wine writer Joelle Thomson. These certified “wine gurus” will appear alongside a local cast of charismati­c sommeliers, chefs and restaurate­urs. Live music also features at every session to complete the day out.

There will be a greater emphasis on food this year and Masterclas­ses will cover a vast range of topics including food and wine matching. Visitors will also be able to try wines that usually retail over $100 per bottle with the event’s Golden Coins.

Event Dates:

Winetopia Wellington: 21 & 22 May, TSB Arena

Winetopia Auckland: 18 & 19 June, Shed 10, Queens Wharf

Winetopia Christchur­ch: 9 & 10 July, Airforce Museum, Wigram

Tickets are sold in advance only and are expected to sell out so book your Winetopia event at winetopia.co.nz.

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