Did you know that Glengarry Wines started as a winemaking venture in Glengarry Road, Auckland?
New Zealand’s largest family-owned liquor retailer was founded by Joseph Jakicevich in 1940 and it was the country’s first retailer to hold a liquor licence, importing wine from around the world.
Glengarry not only stocks a great selection of wines, beers and premium spirits, glassware and drinks accessories, they also regularly host in-store events allowing drink lovers to meet the makers of their favourite tipples.
This month they’ve invited a couple of top South Island wineries up to Auckland to give you the opportunity to taste their wines and meet the makers.
6:00pm Thursday 14 June
Glengarry Khyber Pass, 409 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket
“First established in 1996 in Central Otago’s Bannockburn region, Akarua today boasts the largest privately-owned estate in Central Otago. The consistency of the wines is impressive, their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, et al. right up there with the best on offer.
Join Andrew Keenleside of Akarua at our Khyber Pass location as he takes us through a selection of his favourite drops from their world-class range, including their flagship Pinot Noir – The Siren.”
7:00pm Thursday 21 June
Glengarry Takapuna, Cnr Hurstmere & Killarney, Takapuna
“This well respected family winery was founded by neurologist Ivan Donaldson, with the first vines planted in the Waipara Valley in 1986. Ivan and Christine Donaldson, along with their three sons, are involved in all aspects of the winery’s operation.
The Pegasus Bay range is produced exclusively from estate-grown fruit, while the second tier Main Divide wines are made with a combination of fruit off the estate and from other Waipara growers.
Within the Waipara Valley Pegasus Bay vineyard gets maximum protection from the Pacific’s easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. Heat summation during the day is promoted by smooth stones and gravels left behind by an ice age glacier. The soil is free draining and of low fertility, resulting in naturally reduced vine vigour. This produces low yields of optimally ripened, high quality, flavourful grapes, which fully express the qualities of this unique setting. An unusually large vineyard staff allows operations such as shoot thinning, crop thinning, bunch exposure and fruit selection to be carried out meticulously. Join us as we taste through this gorgeous line up!”
You can also find out more about Pegasus Bay and General Manager, Paul Donaldson in our Q&A with him here.
We’re giving away tickets to both events over on our Facebook page this week. Like our page to make sure you don’t miss those fantastic giveaways.
Also, make sure to keep an eye on Glengarry’s ongoing tasting schedule here.