Joelle Thomson

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Dates announced for NZ’s top red celebration

New dates were announced today for Pinot Noir NZ, which will now take place from 15 to 17 February 2022 in Christchurch.

Pinot Noir ferment at Pegasus Bay in North Canterbury. Photo by Joelle Thomson

The event has been pushed forward 12 months to its new date in 2022, due to current uncertainty about international travel, which event organisers and co-chairs, Pen Naish and Helen Masters, hope to be more settled by early 2021.

The event is a celebration of New Zealand’s most popular red grape variety, Pinot Noir, which occupies 5,625 hectares nationwide, second only to Sauvignon Blanc with 24,037 hectares.

The cornerstone of PinotNoir NZ is to bring the global wine community together to spend time in this country, learn about its regions, climate and weather patterns and, more importantly, get up close and personal with the wine itself, in its myriad different styles.

The co-chairs plan to announce their revised programme and line up of speakers in February 2021.