In a year’s time the Wellington waterfront will be awash with New Zealand’s best Pinot Noirs, the world’s leading wine media and wine lovers and traders, makers and viticulturists.

It is Pinot Noir NZ 2013 – New Zealand’s premier wine event. It starts 28th of January and wraps up on the 31st.

This is the fourth Pinot Noir NZ event – it started in 2003 when some kiwi Pinot producers decided to invite the wine world to Wellington to see why our Pinot Noir is so extraordinary.

“We believe New Zealand is the “go to” destination for New World Pinot and this time we are drilling down into regionality. We will celebrate the different regions and styles,” says Pinot Noir 2013 chair Alastair Maling MW.

Each Pinot region – Wairarapa/Martinborough, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury/Waipara, and Central Otago – will be given a chance to educate, beguile, convince and entertain. Each day delegates will join a different region so everyone has a chance to talk to the winemakers, ask the awkward questions without feeling overwhelmed, and taste the wines of that region.

Pinot Noir NZ 2013 will be relaxed and intimate.

“This event is about debate – the wine world has a few sacred cows and we plan to dissect them – expose the myths and confirm the truths. Previous events have been more formal and we are now comfortable pulling on the gumboots and having a chat”

Keynote speakers include the UK’s burgundy expert – Jasper Morris MW, Matt Kramer from the United States will bring his acerbic wit and intelligence to the event, along with French viticulturist Emmanuel Bourguignon and Australia’s laconic Mike Bennie.

“Right now each of the Pinot Regions is planning their presentations – no doubt with a hint of competitive edge. The culinary programme is once again being co-ordinated by Ruth Pretty Catering and will focus on the best, the freshest and the wildest of kiwi foods to tease our guest’s palates. While this event is about Pinot Noir we see it as four days of Kiwi excellence and we want our guests to leave excited to return.”

“Ultimately we want to see New Zealand Pinot Noir on every great wine list, in every little bistro and in every cellar. We know it is a big task but we are well on the way and the stunning 2010 vintage will be the star of the show.”


For more information

Morag Fryer

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