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First Chardonnay symposium announced

Hawke's Bay home to inaugural event

Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers has announced the first Aotearoa New Zealand Chardonnay Symposium to be held in the Bay from 5 to 6 October 2023. 

The event is a collaboration between Hawke's Bay Winegrowers, New Zealand Winegrowers and the New Zealand Society of Oenology and Viticulture. The symposium will be held at Toitoi: Hawke’s Bay Arts and Event Centre, in Hastings where delegates will hear from both domestic and international Chardonnay experts.
A technical workshop on Chardonnay will be followed by an international focussed perspective on Chardonnay. Discussion will focus on assessing the quality and style of New Zealand Chardonnay in terms of where it is now and where the wine community would like to go on their Chardonnay journey.
“We are excited to host this nationally significant event in Hawke’s Bay, which builds on our reputation as a region that produces world class Chardonnays and fits with our reputation as one of the great wine regions of the world. Announcements of international speakers will follow but the dates are now fixed," says Sally Duncan, chair of Hawke's Bay Winegrowers.