Winter is wine festival time in New Zealand!
On Sunday 12th June 2016, the fourth annual New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival will descend into one of Auckland’s most sophisticated wining and dining establishments, the Imperial Building in Fort Lane.
Here’s a quick low-down:
- What: New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival
- When: 12 June 2016, 11:30am – 7pm
- Where: Imperial Building, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland CBD
- Tickets: Eventfinda
We caught up with Jacqueline Mari Taylor, Director of the festival, who is a passionate wine lover who created a platform where the country can explore and discover great new boutique wines.
Hi Jacqueline, thanks a lot for your time. What was your inspiration for the boutique wine festival?
After witnessing some amazing small vineyards disappear due to the fact they were not able to compete against the big guys (scale) I thought it was time to do something for the boutique vineyards. I also started to get bored of the same drop being bought to the dinner table so the festival is a platform for EVERYONE to find a new favourite wine. Wine is social, so we want to keep it interesting.
What is the festival all about?
The New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival is a place where we celebrate boutique kiwi vineyards. Event attendees will be able to explore wines from different regions, meet the wine makers, enjoy fantastic food and wine pairings, great live music and participate in blind tasting seminars.
The best boutique vineyards from around New Zealand will be showcasing over 200 wines, creating one of the most unique cellar door experiences in this country’s wine history.
What’s unique about the wineries participating?
What we love about the wineries that participate are that they are real people! They all work hard with blood, sweat, and tears, are tough as guts to take on the big guys. They just want to produce and serve amazing kiwi wines.
What are some of your favourite hidden gems?
That would be telling… come and see for yourself (although the Cambridge Road Papillon Blanc is a fav).
Last question, if you were a wine, what wine would you be?
Riesling or Gewurztraminer.