Best of Auckland wine on offer

Auckland winemakers are banding together to showcase the best the region has to offer at the first-ever Auckland Wine Week.

With the winemaking regions of Waiheke Island, West Auckland and Matakana joining forces, wine lovers will find local wineries abuzz with events and cellar door tastings, Auckland-centric tastings and specials at participating retailers, restaurants and bars, and the country’s biggest wine tasting event Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines taking place on the city’s waterfront.

Large and diverse with more than 50 vineyards and wineries, organiser Rob Eliott says the inaugural event will shine a well-deserved spotlight on the region’s exciting winemaking scene.

“Auckland is one of New Zealand’s oldest winemaking regions thanks to the mostly Croatian families who set up here in the early 1900s and home to the oldest family-owned winery in the country,” he said. “There is a whole world of wine to be discovered on Auckland’s doorstep, from Waiheke Island with its stunning syrah, world-class chardonnay, intense cabernet blends and fine aromatics, to internationally-recognised elegant chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon in the west, and excellent pinot gris, syrah, cabernet blends and emerging red varieties in the north. These wonderful wineries are all within easy reach of the central city and Auckland Wine Week is an opportunity to explore and share in these local treasures.”

Highlights on the Auckland Wine Week schedule include regional events in all three centres.

From Kumeu River winery in West Auckland, New Zealand’s first Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the Auckland region has a great collection of high calibre producers – “making excellent wine from vineyards located all over New Zealand and from outstanding locally-sourced grapes with their own unique terroir. Auckland Wine Week is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to sample across this intriguingly diverse range of quality wines.”