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Winetopia dates confirmed

Winetopia dates announced

Winetopia is now in its seventh year and the two day event is packed with fun, food, music and talks as well as informal wine tastings, masterclasses and live music.

The events include regular 15 minute sessions of wine options, an informal  guessing game on a mini scale, designed to allow wine lovers of all levels to have a shot at checking how well their knowledge stacks up in recognising aromas and flavours in well known wine styles.
There will be approximately 250 wines at each event and they will include everything from Albarino, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, including many others.
The events are designed to show the fun side of wine as well as provide education for those keen to learn more, says Winetopia founder Rob Eliott. 

PS: I will host informal 15 minute wine options, structured informative masterclasses and stage talks at Winetopia in Auckland and Wellington.

Vaccine passes mandatory

A valid My Vaccine Pass is required to attend all Winetopia events. The organisers are confident the events will run on the scheduled dates, but if postponements due to covid are necessary, tickets will be transferred or refunded.

Wineries confirmed at Winetopia

The first release of wineries (participating in at least one city) are:  Matahiwi, Coal Pit, Ohau, Prophets Rock, Fromm, Pisa Range, Judge Rock, Domaine Road, Astrolabe, Longview, Greywacke, Mahi, The Landing, Esk Valley, Sovrano Estate, Waitiri Creek, No1 Family Estate, Tony Bish, Dancing Petrel, West Brook, Quartz Reef,  Karikari Estate, Cloudy Bay, JK14, Osawa, Wooing Tree, Palliser, Takapoto Estate, Craggy Range, Petane Station, Seresin, OTU, Nautilus, Esses, Unison, Mount Michael, Elephant Hill, Paroa Bay, Escarpment, Carrick, Rockburn, Forrest, Catalina Sounds, Stonecroft, Clearview, Bald Hills, Abbey Cellars, Church Road, Nanny Goat, Peacock Sky, Monowai, Smith & Sheth, Hanz Herzog, Three Miners, The Winemakers Wife, Gibbston Valley, Tupari, Ash Ridge, Abel Wines, The Boneline, Elephant Hill, Paritua.

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