12.00PM Brosé: Rosé For Men And Other Humans

Rosé continues to be one the strongest categories for wine sales globally. It’s often described as an easy purchase, immediately drinkable and always affordable. Rosé can have a serious side too… let Cameron guide you through some of the best expressions from the 2017 vintage.

Cameron is New Zealand’s first and only Master Sommelier.

1.00PM Age Is Just A Number

Dom has been Winemaker at Greystone Wines in Waipara since its inception 11 vintages ago, during which time his wines have moved into the top echelon in New Zealand. At the festival Dom will explore the wonderful world of aged wines.

2.00PM Regional Riesling Roundup

Join Bob on an entertaining jaunt around the South Island! Taste six top wines from Marlborough, Waipara and Central Otago to establish which area is New Zealand’s Riesling capital. Bob Campbell is the wine editor of Taste and Kia Ora magazines, as well as being the New Zealand editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine.


3.00PM Balancing On The Edge Of The World, The Finesse Of North Canterbury Wine

Discover the inherent finesse and structure of North Canterbury wines due to the unique climate and soils, emphasised by sympathetic winemaking and viticulture in the region.

Stephen Wong is New Zealand’s newest Master of Wine – over the past 15 years he’s moved from vineyard worker, to sommelier, to wine show judge across New Zealand and Australia, all whilst working behind the scenes with restaurants and hotels in New Zealand and Singapore on their wine lists and training.

4.00PM O For Organics

Nicholas Brown is the winemaker for his family winery Black Estate in Waipara. He is passionate about organics and biodynamics and the relationship between the vineyard and the finished wine.

Nicholas has spent vintages in Marlborough, Chianti, Barolo, Napa and Oregon.

5.00PM Wines Of Banks Peninsula

Perched on the rim of a volcanic crater, a handful of vineyards produce wines with very special characteristics. Neil and Renan will give you an insight into making wine that reflects the unique and vibrant attributes and characters of a very special location.