Monday, 11 December 2023 15:25

Haere Ra 2023: Wairarapa

Written by  Staff Reporters
Jannine Rickards Jannine Rickards

Jannine Rickards, winemaker at Urlar, founder of Huntress Wines, previous chair and co-chair of the Wairarapa Winegrowers Association, hunter, gatherer and inspiration to many, says the region has high hopes for 2024.

The Good

We have some really exciting and energetic wines coming out of the region this year. Bright and delicious - perfect for the predicted warm summer ahead. It is early in the season, but the local winegrowing community has high hopes and expectations for 2024, having shifted back to El Niño weather patterns.

The Bad

Certainly the weather has been challenging for the past couple of seasons, along with the ongoing effects of Covid and increased costs for small businesses. But as a community we have banded together and supported each other through tricky times.

& The Awesome

Our local Wairarapa Winegrowers committee has been uniting the region with many events and collaborations. We had a fantastic winter celebration of pioneers of the Wairarapa and Martinborough terrace in July. There was great banter and storytelling honouring where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are heading as a region. Delicious food, wine and friends. Recently we invited Waiheke Winegrowers down to collaborate and showcase some of their beautiful wines in our cellar doors. It's great to connect with other small premium regions and we look forward to visiting them next year. We have loads of community workshops, tastings and gatherings which is uplifting for our community.

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