Hawke's Bay Wine Events
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Find out what's on throughout Hawke's Bay this summer here.
The F.A.W.C! Summer Series kicks off 31 October – 9 November and runs for 10 glorious days, giving you ample time to whet your whistle and test your taste buds at over sixty events held in truly stunning Hawke’s Bay locations. The sumptuous programme includes master classes, degustation dinners, mystery location lunches, vertical tastings, private chefs in homes and more- all with a star studded cast of New Zealand’s finest food and wine talent. Find out more www.fawc.co.nz
Hawke's Bay Charity Wine Auction
Tickets are selling well for the up and coming Hawkes Bay Winegrowers Charity Wine Auction event, under the new relaxed format.
Now in its 23rd year, this special charity event entails Hawke’s Bay wineries contributing unique wines and special blends, mostly by the barrel, for auction. All proceeds will go to Cranford Hospice. This year there are over 40 lots from the 2013 vintage, which many wine critics have labelled “vintage of the century”.
Wine Tasting of auction lots with winemakers and wineries starts at 2.30pm (accompanied by food stalls from local caterers Orton, Dish and Kate Lester) with the final sip poured at 4.45 before moving into the Auction Hall for the bidding to commence. Come along to bid for your own personal library stash or pool your funds with friends to make group purchases. It’s for a great cause! Supported by WineWorks.
Te Mata 2014 is the title of this year's Hawke's Bay Winegrowers Charity Fine Wine Auction painting by renown artist Freeman White.
Limited tickets at $20 are available from www.eventfinda.co.nz – keyword search ‘Hawkes Bay Wine Auction’.
Air New Zealand Wine Awards Dinner
Hawke’s Bay, will play host to the 28th Air New Zealand Wine Awards this November.
The annual awards dinner will be held on Saturday 22 November at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale, and will be attended by New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry figures to celebrate the country’s best wines.
The awards dinner will culminate in the announcement of the most coveted prize of the competition, the Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy. Last year, the trophy went to Marlborough winery Nautilus Estate for their Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV. The O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show was awarded to the Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand, recognising excellence in winemaking. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,700 grape growers and winemakers. Entries for the 2014 competition open to New Zealand wineries on Monday 11 August.
The competition has been running for over 30 years and 2014 marks the 28th year that Air New Zealand have been the naming rights sponsor for this competition.
For more information visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz
Hot Red Hawke's Bay
Is a decadent event held annually by Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers, traditionally in Auckland and Wellington, with the potential for an additional Christchurch show in 2015, due to demand. With lots of exciting new ideas for the 2015 show's - watch this space.
Enjoy an evening with inspirational winemakers and delicious finger foods while tasting elegant flavoursome Hawke’s Bay wines, including many new releases – a night not to be missed!
Young Viticulture of the year 2014
Paul Robinson is the 2014 winner of the prestigious New Zealand’s Young Viticulturist of the Year title, an outstanding success story for the Hawke’s Bay winegrowing industry.
Having won the national title on his fourth attempt, Paul is feeling “over the moon”. He outperformed more than 45 budding viticulturists who entered from wine regions nationwide and he is the third successive EIT graduate to have claimed the national title.
Paul was one of five to make it through to the finals, held as part of the recent Bragato Conference in Blenheim. Two others, Brenton O’Riley and Jeffery Farrell, were also EIT degree graduates and Brenton placed third.
Paul’s prize package is a $5000 travel voucher, a week-long trip to visit established New Zealand industry leaders, $2000 in cash, wine glasses and a year-long lease of an SUV.
Representing the viticulture industry in November’s New Zealand Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, he appreciates the enormity of the challenge ahead. For the multi-faceted event, finalists have to come up with a market innovation and shape a presentation around that.
Grower and Industry Events & Workshops
Hawke's Bay Winegrowers support a number of regional Industry events that promote and recognise best practice in Viticulture. These include Markhams Young Viticulturist of the Year competitions and regional workshops and seminars.