News & Events
Pinot at Cloudy Bay 2014
September 6th, 10am - 6pm
Now in it’s 15th year, Pinot at Cloudy Bay is a sophisticated and rare experience in the world of Pinot Noir. Hosted at Cloudy Bay’s Estate Vineyard, trade representatives, wine media and Pinot lovers gather to taste and compare 18 of the most exquisite examples of the style from around the world. The Grand Tasting is followed by a sumptuous degustation lunch, prepared by an acclaimed New Zealand chef. Served in the Barrel Room at Cloudy Bay, the meal completes a day of exploration and pleasure.
Waikato Farmers Markets
Cambridge: Every Saturday 8am-12pm
Hamilton: Every Sunday 8am-12pm
Te Awamutu: Twilight Market Thursday 3-6pm
The Waikato Farmers Markets endeavour to offer their customers good, honest, farm fresh products plus value added produce and food culminating in a good old-fashioned, down to earth 100% New Zealand made shopping experience.
Food and Wine Classic Hawke’s Bay
June and November
Hawke’s Bay is host to not one but two major wine festivals each year. Called the Food and Wine Classic (FAWC), this multi-day event is held during June and again in November. There is lots of entertainment (even a fashion show), but what everyone comes for is to try the cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah wines for which the region is renowned.
Wellington on a Plate
15-31 August 2014
Guaranteed to spice up your winter, Wellington on a Plate dishes up plenty of delicious food and exciting experiences over a few weeks in August. With master classes, baking challenges, competitions and over 100 Wellington restaurants participating, this year’s festival is sure to appeal to all senses.
Gisborne Wine and Food Festival
Although Gisborne is probably the most remote of New Zealand's wine regions, it's festival is well worth visiting. Tickets sell out quickly and it's a great day of sampling the region's great chardonnays and gewurztraminer. It is normally held over a holiday weekend in late October. Being springtime, the vines provide a spectacular backdrop.
Toast Martinborough (Wairarapa)
The sleepy village of Martinborough, just an hour north of Wellington, comes alive in late November when the dozen or so wineries get together to show off their wines. This is pinot noir country; many regard Martinborough as making the finest pinot noir wines in the country.