New Zealand is a wine success story. In the last 20 years, wineries have become something just short of the de riguer, and at last count our mighty nation hosted 692 of them.
With these vineyards and cellar doors sprinkled throughout our beautiful country, there’s an ever blooming collection of homegrown tipple to tickle your fancy… But only so much time in your busy life, which is why we’re bringing the best of the best direct to you, along with leading lights in the international scene.
Where wine is the answer to any question, Winetopia presented by Singapore Airlines is here to escort you through the sumptuous world of reds, whites, and the flourishing universe of everything in between.
Upstairs at Queens Wharf,
Friday 20 May | 5pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 21 May | 12pm – 3.30pm
Saturday 21 May | 4.30pm – 8pm
The Event: Across the two days are three sessions you can attend, each three and a half hours long, encompassing an exploration of New Zealand and international wines, talks, entertainment,
and food pairings. Wine is served in 30ml or 60ml pours.
Winetopia, presented by Singapore Airlines is focused on wine, the event is R18 – further ensuring a relaxing and mature atmosphere in which to unwind in the search for your favourite drop.
Because beautiful wine is made to be enjoyed with beautiful food, Winetopia is proud to bring you a selection of some of the best food in Auckland city
Tickets: Each ticket purchase includes entry to one session, 5 wine tasting tokens (each token is a 30ml pour). More tasting tokens can be purchased at the event, at $2 per tasting. Delicious food pairings will also be available to peruse and purchase.
The first Ridiculously Good Value Tickets will go on sale Monday 14th March. These are $20 (+booking fee), including 5 tastings + a wine glass.
After the first limited ticket release is snatched up, tickets will be $30 (+booking fee), including 5 tastings + a wine glass.
Tickets for Masterclass sessions can be pre-purchased now, so don’t miss out! Further Masterclasses will be announced over the next couple of weeks, these can be purchased separately so make sure you check back later. See below for schedule and more information about the classes and our special guest speakers.
Session times for each Masterclass will be confirmed directly to ticket holders closer to the time. There are strictly limited tickets to each Masterclass so secure your experience now!
Friday – Session 1 – Jumping the Shark: In search of Zealand’s Great Whites
Saturday – Session 2 – Pinot Noir: The Fun, the Sexy and the Serious Side
Saturday – Session 3 – Money Ain’t a Thing: Winetopia’s Top 5 Wines
About Nick Stock
Nick Stock is one of Australia’s most respected wine critics. His deep involvement in wine stretches well beyond wine writing to show-judging, educating, broadcasting and winemaking. His wealth of knowledge extends to all corners of the wine world and this, combined with his frank and fearless style, has made him one of the most popular Australian wine writers. He makes this highly complex subject enjoyable and intriguing, an approach that has earned him international acclaim. Nick was awarded Best Drinks Journalist at the 2007 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards. Follow Nick here
Friday – Session 1 – Sip or cellar? A comparison of youthful vs aged wines to decide when to hold it, when to fold it and when to walk away.
Saturday – Session 2 – All about Albarinho. It’s hot, handsome and here. The stellar Spanish/Portuguese grape variety is NZ’s “next big thing”.
Saturday – Session 3 – Pinot showdown. A battle of the region’s to decide which deserves to be crowned “King of Pinot Noir”.
About Bob Campbell
New Zealand’s best known and most prolific voice in wine, Bob Campbell was the second New Zealander and is one of only 322 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification. He is wine editor of Your Home & Garden, Taste and the Air NZ in-flight magazine, as well as being New Zealand wine editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine. Bob contributes to wine publications in seven countries. More than 22,000 people have attended Bob’s wine diploma courses in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Visit Bob’s website here