Winemaker and early Marlborough wine mover and shaker John Forrest has handed over the annual Graperide cycling event to Whitehaven Wine Company to take over in 2020.

The first Graperide was held in 2005 when 698 people set off on a course around Marlborough, organised by Pete Halligan (aka the Grape Gonzo). This year the event opened to mountain bikers and next year it will change hands officially to become the Whitehaven Graperide on Saturday 28 March 2020. Entries open soon online.

“Being a family owned and operated business means that creating positive impacts on our community is vitally important to us” says Whitehaven cofounder and managing director Sue White, who marked 25 years of winemaking this year.

Founding sponsors Brigid and John Forrest say they are happy to pass the baton to another wine brand that is equally focused on community and sustainability and which  happens to be a close neighbour.

The event will also relocate the start and finish location to The Vines Village on Rapaura Road.

Find out more here: www.graperide.co.nz/