WINETOPIA COMES TO AUCKLAND

The greatest celebration of New Zealand wine is coming to Shed 10, Queens Wharf, 20-21 May. WINETOPIA, presented by Singapore Airlines is set to be the best and brightest wine event in the country with hundreds of New Zealand wines on show and thousands of wine fans making the pilgrimage.

Bursting with wines from every region and a huge range of the delicious varietals grown therein, from the Northern sunshine of Matakana, to the sun-filled bays of Waiheke, through Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Martinborough, or across the Straight to Marlborough, Waipara and the Gibbston Valley, WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines gives visitors the opportunity to literally taste their way around the country in a single session.

Food matching, sommelier-led tasting classes and masterclasses are all part of the line up as well as talks by wine-loving personalities and lively music by Hopetoun Brown capping off each session in style.

To help your wine discovery, WINETOPIA presented by Singapore Airlines is packed with ways to learn about your favourite drop, with Masterclasses by acclaimed critics, including our own Bob Campbell (MW) and Australian sommelier Nick Stock. Tantalising topics include Bob Campbell’s ‘Pinot Showdown: a Battle of the Regions’, or Nick Stock’s Friday session, ‘Jumping the Shark: In search of Zealand’s Great Whites.’

Wines featured include Central Otago’s Mount Michael ‘Bessie’s’ reserve Pinot Noir, Hawkes Bays’ 2013 Craggy Range Sophia Bordeaux Blend (98 Points by Bob Campbell), and Clearview Estate’s Basket Press 2013, to name a few.

Sommelier-led tasting classes are another feature, led by such sparkling local talents Martina Lutz (Wine Chambers), Meg Abbott-Walker (MASU), Amanda Richards (Bracu/Allechante) and Ganesh Raj (The Tasting Shed).

THE FULL LIST OF WINERIES INCLUDES:

Alana Estate, Alpha Domus, Ascension, Astrolabe, Bald Hills, Clark Estate, Clearview, Craggy Range, Crown Range Cellar, Elephant Hill, Framingham, Giesen, Goldie Wines, Greywacke, Hawkesbridge, Heron’s Flight, Joiy, Lawsons Dry Hills, Left Field, Man O’ War, Matua, Millton, Mount Michael, Mount Riley, Mt Rosa, Nautilus, Ngatarawa, O:Tu, Peacock Sky, Poderi Crisci, Squealing Pig, Summerhouse, Te Kairanga, Torless Wines, Trinity Hill, Villa Maria, Whitehaven and Wild On Waiheke.

WINETOPIA Session Times:

Friday 20 May 5:00PM – 8:30PM, Saturday 21 May, from 12:00PM – 3.30PM and Saturday 4.30PM – 8PM.

General Admission tickets are now $30 and include entry to one session, 5 wine tasting tokens (each token is a 30ml pour), wine glass, free talks (some including free tastings and food pairings – first in first served) & entertainment including Hopetoun Brown playing a live set at the finale of each session.

*Premium MiNDFOOD Ticket are $65 and include a fabulous Goody Bag totalling over $150, containing: Entry to one session, 5 tasting tokens (each token is a 30ml pour) plus free talks and entertainment, Premium Wine Glass, an Ernest Rapeneau Champagne premium tasting on arrival as served in Singapore Airlines’ Premium Economy Class (60ml tasting), MiNDFOOD Magazine, MiNDFOOD Décor Magazine and MiNDFOOD gifts to the value of $100.

For full details on schedules, features and Masterclasses, see: www.winetopia.nz

Everybody who attends Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines has the chance to win flights to Vietnam thanks to Singapore Airlines.