Game of Rhones, the epic vinous battle for control of the Iron Rhone

The clock is ticking down to the return of Game of Rhones in Auckland – and for the first time, the battle will rage in Wellington. It’s going to be epic. Are you ready?

Game of Rhones is a combative celebration of the classic grape varieties of the Rhone Valley in France. Think plenty of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and a splash of, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane to name just a few.

Enjoy over 100 wines from New Zealand, Australia and beyond and get ready for the infamous red woman and her (blind tasting) Torture Chamber.

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

  • What: Game of Rhones
  • When: 2 July in Auckland, 1-6pm | 9 July in Wellington, 1-6pm
  • Tickets: $60 (includes a Plumm wine glass). Buy them here!

We caught up with organiser Dan Sims, Director at Bottle Shop Concepts, to find out a bit more about these unique events?


Hi Dan, sooo, what’s so special about Game of Rhones? Why should people attend?

We don’t say, ‘come and try 100 of New Zealand premium wine producers who specialise in cool climate, organic, sustainable viticulture to produce terroir driven and wines of fruit purity.’ We say, ‘come to Game of Rhones’. We market our events like a TV show or music festival.


Because it creates common ground. It makes it fun and enjoyable. Plus, we focus on a small range of grape varieties. It’s a more controlled approach to learning about wine rather than the scatter gun where there is almost too much to comprehend.

I’d also like to think we create an approachable, social and safe environment anchored in hospitality. Most at Bottle Shop Concepts are ex hospo so we take the approach we’re doing a ‘pop up’ restaurant. Welcome all who come and say goodbye.

But all in all, it’s about having fun first. It’s pretty hard to take wine too seriously when the winemaker is in costume!


Also we think that people want to learn about wine in the same way they consumer which is socially. One of the nicest bits of feedback we’ve received is from a family where the parents thanked us for creating an event they could come to and enjoy with their kids – who were over 18. Our events are fun – people genuinely have a good time and that’s why they keep coming back!

Thanks Dan – that does sound like fun!

Find out more about Game of Rhones here and make sure you follow them on Instagram | Facebook & Twitter.

See you there,

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