Thursday, 08 February 2024 16:25

Upcoming Events

Written by  Staff Reporters

Rosé Day

5 February

Rosé is now New Zealand's fourth largest export, with a diverse array of styles emerging from our wine regions. Check out New Zealand Winegrowers' (NZW) social media toolkit and use the hashtag #nzroseday on the day, or tag @nzwinegrowers.

Brookby Beats

9 February

The natural amphitheatre of Marlborough's Brookby Hill vineyard will play host to a gathering of top Southern Valley wine producers, great musical talent, and a selection of culinary delights. Two Rivers, Corofin, Sorrell, The Marlborist, and Vandal have joined forces for a night of "authentic wines and banging beats" in the lead up to the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival.

Oysters Photo Credit Richard Briggs FBTW

Photo Credit: Richard Briggs

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

10 February

Pop-up restaurants will marry famed wines with delicious food at the 2024 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival. "Chefs are busy lanning their festival menu," says committee member Dion Brown. "They are very clever, very resourceful and know exactly how to create a signature dish that will work at this kind of scale, where they might make as many as 1,000 servings." The festival menu also includes the ever-popular Culinary Pavilion, where celebrated chefs Michael Meredith, Matt Lambert, Andy Hearnden and Sam Webb are set to inspire throughout the day. "The Culinary Pavilion is a destination in itself," says Wine Marlborough General Manager Marcus Pickens. "A place to sit back and see these super chefs work their magic with amazing local Marlborough produce and artisan foods."

Wairarapa Wine and Food Festival FBTW


Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

17 February

Wine geeks will unite at a new masterclass at the 2024 Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival, sponsored by Provincial Insurance Brokers. The class will be held just before the main event, as part of a celebration of wine, food, and entertainment.

Climate Action Week Marlborough

19-24 February

This annual event highlights opportunities for businesses to gain knowledge and inspiration for lowering carbon emissions, bringing wine closer to its target of being carbon neutral by 2050. The week contains a series of events ranging from presentations and networking events through to full immersion experiences. On 21 February, NZW will present its Greenhouse Gas Emissions National Report.

North Canterbury Food and Wine Festival FBTW

Photo Credit: Hannah Bird

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival

3 March

The 'coolest little wine festival' will be held in the heart of Waipara, under the oaks at Glenmark Domain, with an array of North Canterbury's well-loved wines. "Come and experience every wine and food lover’s idea of a perfect day,” they say. “Meet our local winemakers, hear their stories and taste their remarkable wines.”

Ripe; Wānaka Wine & Food Festival

23 March

The Wine and Dine with Akarua area is just one of the highlights of Ripe, the Wānaka Wine and Food Festival. Guests in the VIP area will be served a four-course meal with matching Akarua wines, with premium festival views. The Black Seeds are the headline act at the Glendhu Bay event, which Event Director Nathan White says will be bigger and better than ever. “We’ll feature premium wineries such as Amisfield, Gibbston Valley, Maude and Cloudy Bay, alongside a range of boutique wineries and food vendors from across Central Otago."


Wellington 7 - 8 June

Auckland 26 - 27 July

Wineries from all across the country will gather at these showcase events, with a chance to meet thousands of wine lovers, offer tastings and sell direct to the public. Winetopia is a proud showcase of many of the best wines in the country from sparkling to Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and plenty of Pinot Noir.

Kelly Mulville photo credit Elaine Patarini FBTW

Kelly Mulville

OWNZ workshops

Central Otago - 7 June

North Canterbury - 10 June

Marlborough - 12 June

Hawke's Bay - 14 June

Organic Winegrowers New Zealand is partnering with Kelly Mulville, from Paicines Ranch in California, to deliver a series of workshops around Aotearoa this winter. Kelly, who is at the forefront of organic and regenerative winegrowing in the United States, where one of the speakers at the Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference in Marlborough last year. His innovative viticultural growing systems, including a high wire training system and livestock incorporated into vineyards, aim to reduce the environmental footprint of winegrowing.

For the past 25 years Kelly has managed, designed and consulted for vineyards, farms and ranches, throughout the United States and beyond, focused on restoring ecological health, growing biodiversity, creating climate change resilience, and increasing profitability and beauty. Four full-day workshops are set to take place, with the support of the Horticentre Charitable Trust.

organic wine week FBTW


Organic Wine Week

16-22 September

Usher in the Spring Equinox with the wineries, distributors, influencers, restaurants and retailers celebrating organic wine. The inaugural Down to Earth tasting event in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland was a highlight of last year's Organic Wine Week, with a vibrant atmosphere, thoughtful food, and delicious organic wines poured by some of Aotearoa's best producers. Down to Earth will be back bigger and even better in 2024, with plans to expand the event into Wellington and London.

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