Thursday, 05 October 2023 14:25

Upcoming events

Written by  Staff Reporters
Christina Pickard Christina Pickard

Chardonnay Symposium

5-6 October

Wine writer Christina Pickard, Elizabeth Kelly MW, and Emma Jenkins MW are three of the speakers at the inaugural Aotearoa New Zealand Chardonnay Symposium in Te Matau-a-Māui Hawke’s Bay in October. The symposium, organised by Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers in collaboration with New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) and the New Zealand Society for Oenology and Viticulture (NZSVO), kicks off with a NZSVO technical workshop on Chardonnay on day one, followed by the Great New Zealand Chardonnay Celebration.

Young Winemaker

31 October

Three regional finalists will compete in the 2023 Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year National Final at The Bone Line in North Canterbury on October 31, with the winner to be announced at the NZW Altogether Unique – A Celebration event in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 1 November.

Young Winemaker


Altogether Unique - A Celebration

1 November

This NZW event will unite winemakers, grape growers, industry partners, and media in celebration of New Zealand’s wine industry, from vine to glass. The event will honour the 2023 NZW Fellows, announce the 2023 Young Winemaker of the Year, and recognise outstanding efforts during Cyclone Gabrielle recovery.

Women in Wine National Networking Event

2 November

This networking event will be held at Kate Sheppard House, where women connected to change the political structure of New Zealand. Enjoy a guided tour of the house, presentations, topical discussions and the opportunity to network. This event is being held in Christchurch the morning after ‘Altogether Unique - A Celebration’ on 1 November. All members are welcome.

Craggy Range

Craggy Range

Syrah Workshop

1-3 November

The New Zealand Syrah Workshop, run by the Syrah Symposium and supported by NZW, will be held at Lake Taupō. Join fellow winemakers and growers to taste, discuss and evaluate recent finished vintages and current barrel samples in a collegial environment with the aim of improving the understanding of the Syrah variety.

Marlborough Wine Celebration

17 November

The Marlborough Wine Show Celebration - Honouring 50 Years, is a special event to honour the incredible transformation of Marlborough since Montana planted its first vines in 1973. Industry members will gather to celebrate historic and current successes, with the announcement of trophy winners from the Marlborough Wine Show, sponsored by QuayConnect, including the winners of three new subregional trophies. Two recipients of the Marlborough Wine Lifetime Achievement Award will also be honoured for their contribution to the region's industry.

Wine Show


South Island Wine & Food Festival

2 December

An unforgettable day of great wine, delicious eats, and live music in Hagley Park, Christchurch.

Pinot Noir Workshop

18-21 January

The Southern Pinot Noir Workshop, held in Hanmer, will welcome guest speaker Dr Amber Parker, Senior Lecturer in Viticulture and Director of the Centre for Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University. Amber's research focusses on phenological modelling and understanding environmental drivers of phenology, investigating the effects of source-sink modifications of the grapevine on phenology and asynchrony of fruit composition, and understanding impacts and adaptations for viticulture in the context of climate change. She also has a keen interest in developing and implementing precision agriculture techniques in viticulture. Conference attendees will bring along problematic batches of Pinots in order to seek advice from their peers and ensure better wines, while growing industry relationships and connections.

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