Winetopia, New Zealand’s newest wine festival

We caught up with the organisers of Winetopia to find our more about this brand new wine festival in Auckland for you.

But first the nitty-gritty:

  • When: Friday 20 May – 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Saturday 21 May – 12:00pm – 3:30pm, Saturday 21 May – 4:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf, Auckland
  • Tickets: $30, including a complimentary wine glass, five tastings (more are available to be purchased), access to brilliant talks, amazing entertainment, and food pairings! Book here.

So let’s find out what Winetopia is all about…

Winetopia, proudly presented by Singapore Airlines, is New Zealand’s premiere all-encompassing wine celebration.

At last count, our mighty nation hosted 673 wineries, sprinkled throughout our idyllic landscape. We’re bringing the ‘best of the best’ under one roof, to help you in the eternally important search to find your perfect drop. Meet the talent behind your favourite vintages, learn the process from grape to wine glass, and most importantly, taste your way through New Zealand’s stunning wine regions.

From the 20th to the 21st May, we’re turning Shed 10 into a utopia of wine. Share a Glass with renowned personalities including Verity Johnson, Shane Cortese, Melodie Robinson and Russell Brown, hosted by award-winning comedian, 7 Days’ frequenter Brendhan Lovegrove. Cleanse your palate with gorgeous tasting plates, discovering culinary delights in delicious food pairings.

Enrol in one of our many elite Masterclasses on offer, led by the unmatched Bob Campbell MW – one of only 322 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification – and Australian travel-holic wine guru Nick Stock.

And don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes – or at least some of your fine moves – as we’ll be closing each session with an unprecedented bang; Hopetoun Brown, who you may recognise as the horn section of the late, great local jazz juggernaut Supergroove, will get you on your feet and feeling alive. Swing to Tim’s big, soulful voice, coupled with the deep tones of Nick’s bass clarinet, and cap off the greatest wine celebration we’d venture to say you’ll ever experience.

How is it different than other wine events?

Winetopia is the largest wine event in the country, and represents all of our stunning and iconic wine-growing regions. Come along and taste your way through New Zealand wines, all in one lux and convenient location.

Who’s going to be there?

Anybody and everybody who’s ever had an interest in the complex beauty of wine. A wealth of experts, connoisseurs, tastemakers, influencers, and of course the creme de la creme of New Zealand’s wineries and their winemakers.

What will people get out of the event?

We want people to discover the flourishing wealth of wine talent in our own backyard! New Zealand vintages are one of our greatest exports, placing us on par amongst international heavyweights with centuries of experience. We want people to raise a glass, learn, dance like nobody’s watching, have the time of their life and celebrate!

Any other interesting tidbits!

One of the more challenging and unique opportunities we’re presenting to our Winetopia Ambassador, acclaimed guru Nick Stock, is the task of guiding guests through a special tasting to match sumptuous Vietnamese food with beautiful New Zealand wines. Not only will guests indulge in the flavour and mystique of Vietnam, one of Singapore Airline’s favourite destinations, but one lucky Winetopia visitor will win two return Economy tickets to Hanoi! Look out for how to enter when you’re at the event – and don’t miss Nick’s free tasting class, taking place every single session (first in, first served)! A massive round of applause to District 5 and Café Viet for preparing the delicious Vietnamese fare.

See you there,
Emily

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