Celebrating New Zealand’s independent spirit

This July the inaugural Craft’d Wine + Spirits Festival will arrive in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, with more than 40 small producers showcasing their creations come July.

Previously named The New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival, the event was held for the last six years at the Imperial Buildings in Auckland’s CBD – however, with the inclusion of boutique Kiwi spirit brands, the event will don a new name and move to a new location.

Craft’d Events CEO Sue Duncan said developing the brand to encompass other key components of the country’s billion-dollar export industry was a natural move given the increasing shift of Kiwis favouring bespoke options in craft beer, wine and spirits.

“Having been a small business owner myself for many years, these artisanal wine and spirit producers hold a special place in my heart,” she said. “Our purpose is to change the fortunes of New Zealand’s small producers in the boutique wine and spirits industries and provide a platform for them to share their product, their innovation and genuine passion face-to-face with consumers.”

ATEED head of major events, Stuart Turner said that the Craft’d Wine and Spirits Festival is a welcome addition to Auckland’s Winter events programme.

“It’s fantastic to see a new iteration of this event which will help bring the Tāmaki Makaurau to life in July and provide a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate Auckland’s food and beverage offering to locals and visitors.”