On the 10th June 2018, over 30 small production wineries from across the country will be gathered in Auckland for the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival. Suitable for wine enthusiasts of all levels, this unique experience held at the Imperial Buildings in Fort Lane aims to showcase some of the country’s finest boutique wines.
As well as engaging with the wineries in an intimate setting, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in vertical tastings, attend masterclasses, and experience a lunch and dinner hosted by wine industry leaders.
A highlight of this year’s event will be the Keynote Masterclass led by NZBWF’s official ambassador, Yvonne Lorkin. This Masterclass—‘Wildcard Reds - local versions of foreign legends’— aims to unpack some of the new, groovy and downright different red varietals being grown here in New Zealand.
Another speaker is Jules van Costello—drinks writer, restauranteur, and wine director of Wellington specialist wine shop Cult Wine. In his masterclass, Jules will be addressing 'What we mean when we talk about Natural wine.'
Joelle Thomson will also be giving a masterclass on ‘What’s hot in NZ wine’. She will cover the evolution of Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, and why some wines succeed while others fail.
Distinguished Sommelier Curtis Marsh will be another special guest appearing at this year’s festival. Marsh has over 35 years experience across hospitality, wine and media industries, working as an Asian correspondent for Thomson Reuters and columnist for the Hong Kong Standard Newspaper and Asia Sentinel. Now based in Wellington, Marsh is the Resident Sommelier and Writer for the Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
At this year’s festival, Marsh aka The Wandering Palate (www.thewanderingpalate.com) will be 'wandering' around motivating the thirst and hunger of attendees.
Vineyards appearing at NZBWF for the first time include:
Blackridge, TerraVin, Mon Cheval Wines, Tantalus Estate, Tironui Estate, Coal Pit Wines, Unison Vineyard, House of Ball, Clos Marguerite, The Bone Lines, Cypress WInes, Greystone Wines, Cable Bay, Kina Beach Vineyard, Johner Estate, Maori Point, Linden Estate,
Wineries returning to this year’s lineup include:
Mount Michael Wines, Lone Goat Vineyard, Judge Rock, Peacock Sky, Hopes Grove, Maison Noire, Turanga Creek, Postage Stamp Wine, Fancrest Estate, Collaboration Wines, Two Rivers, Man O’ War, and Silver Wing Wines.
With wines from Northland to Central Otago, the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival 2018 creates an ideal opportunity to see, taste and learn about some of the hidden gems New Zealand keeps bottled up.
Early-bird tickets for this year’s Boutique Wine Festival go on sale April 14th and can be purchased through the NZBWF website (boutiquewines.co.nz). For updates and sneak previews leading up to the event, see the NZBWF Facebook page and Instagram.
Earlybird tickets start from $29.00 and include one Luigi Bormioli Italian festival glass, (RRP $20), an event programme, and two tasting tokens on entry.
The first 30 people to purchase tickets will receive two complimentary tickets to an exclusive pre-festival event held at The Wine Cave. This pre-festival event is invite only for Sommeliers, VIP guests and the first 30 purchasing tickets online. Attendees will experience wines from the festivals returning wineries, Wine Cave aged wines, and talks from leading wine experts.
Terms and Conditions:
- R18 event. No children allowed in venue
- Intoxicated persons will be removed from the premises
- If the event is sold out you will be unable to purchase on the day
- No refunds permissible
- Limited ticket event – tickets will run out
- Dress code: No shorts or jandals