Joelle Thomson

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Aussie winemakers head to Winetopia

A South Australian contingent of winemakers heads to Winetopia for the first time next weekend in Auckland. For the past seven years, Winetopia has focused solely on showcasing New Zealand wine and food producers but this year Auckland attendees will also be able to enjoy a taste of South Australia thanks to Thorn Clarke Wines, Rymill, Unico Zelo, Metala, Dandelion Vineyards, Sisters Run, Yalumba, Geoff Hardy, Portia Valley,Organic Hill and Levrier Wines by Jo Irvine. 

The South Australian masterclass will be run by self described wine ambassador Tony Love who sees the wines from this vast region as forging a new generation of regionally adaptive and climate suitable Mediterranean and Iberian grape varieties. This means stretching beyond Chardonnay and Shiraz into Albarino, Sangiovese and Tempranillo, among many others. 

Winetopia Auckland offers over 300 wines from 60 New Zealand wineries, spanning nine wine regions and over 20 different grape varieties used to make these wines. Food is also a strong focus of the event and includes Olive Black, The Artisan Hub, Rag Tag Tacos, Passa Passa pizzafritta, and South American Oven. Mahurangi Oysters and Foundry Chocolates 

"South Australia is renowned for its rich history of winemaking and for producing spectacular, signature reds which are very different from the wines we make so well here in New Zealand. Given that many of New Zealand’s pioneering winemakers learnt their craft at the Roseworthy Campus at the University of Adelaide," says Rob Eliott of Lemongrass Productions, which founded Winetopia. 

Where to go...  

Winetopia is at Shed 10 Auckland this week

  • Friday 28 October 5pm to 8:30pm 
  • Saturday 29 October 12pm to 3:30pm 
  • Saturday 29 October 4:30pm to 8pm