After 33 years held on Brancott Vineyard, the festival will move to the Renwick Domain on 12 February next year, with organisers determined to hold their best festival yet, having had to cancel in 20221 due to Covid-19.
Wine Marlborough General Manager Marcus Pickens says Brancott Estate helped generate the legacy of the event, but development at the vineyard meant the site would not be suitable for the festival in February. He says that while the location is new, the unique atmosphere of the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival will remain the same. "Having attendees who have been to more than 20, or even 30 events reminds us how important the festival is, and that is key to recreate the magic at a new site. We are up for the challenge and think it's an exciting time for the event."
Marlborough District Councillor Cynthia Brooks says she is thrilled that Renwick will play host to the festival. "We identify as the heart of wine country, and this is where the recent wine industry started in the 70s," she says. "Within a stone's throw of Renwick is whereht the original plantings and wine companies began. So many people involved in the industry live in the village, and Renwick is the service town for the industry. The people here will really embrace this festival." Cynthia says the festival is one of the most important events in the Marlborough calendar. "It is a celebration of who we are and what we have achieved as a wine region. I know everyone was gutted when it was cancelled this year, so hearing planning is underway for next year is fantastic news."
Locals only tickets on sale 18 to 24 October.
All tickets on sale 28 October 2021.