One Million Cases of New Zealand Pinot Noir

New Zealand is now exporting well over one million cases of Pinot Noir a year.

No surprise considering UK’s wine writer Jamie Goode recent comments that within 10 years New Zealand could be known for making the world’s consistently best Pinot Noir & Syrah.

“That is 14 million impressions of New Zealand found in some of the most desirable locations around the world” said NZ Winegrowers CEO Philip Gregan. “These wines come from at least six of the most diverse and interesting agricultural regions in our country.”

And those regions, represented by over 110 wineries, will be together in Wellington for NZ’s leading international wine event…. Pinot Noir NZ 2013.

They include Central Otago & Waitaki, Marlborough and the ‘Pinot Pioneer’ regions of Waipara Valley/North Canterbury, Nelson and Wairarapa/Martinborough.

A recent road show by Pinot Noir NZ 2013 Chair, Alastair Mailing MW, allowed perspective leading up to the Pinot Noir NZ event. “The sense of collectiveness is gaining momentum following the road shows. Each region is getting prepared to share their stories and inside knowledge. Every one of those million cases is connected to an individual story.”

Pinot Noir NZ 2013 will effectively take over the Wellington waterfront from 28 – 31 January 2013, the first time one event has done this.

It all culminates in a great Pinot Party catered by Ruth Pretty. Each region will have its own venue and delegates will spend a day at each region learning, tasting then debating a wide range of topics. The last day will include a formal Burgundy tasting led by Nick Mills and Jasper Morris MW plus a New Zealand regional tasting led by Tim Atkin MW of the UK. The evenings will be taken up by a range of social activities that will enable the delegates to taste a wide range of other wines from the participating wineries as well as more Pinot. There will be a public tasting as part of Pinot Noir NZ 2013, and unprecedented access to world renowned winemakers.

Pinot Noir NZ 2013 will hear from some of the world’s most respected wine commentators. Matt Kramer, Bernie Sun MS, Raj Parr and Alder Yarrow from the USA, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW who writes for Robert Parker and Ned Goodwin MW and Indra Kumar from Asia, Matthew Jukes from the UK and Mike Bennie, Nick Stock and Philip Rich from Australia along with Emmanuel Bourguignon from France and NZ’s own Sam Neill.

Alastair Maling MW says “New Zealand Pinot Noir is setting the world on fire. It is becoming a must have on restaurant lists in the USA which is an aspect we have been striving for. It is a competitive market, but the consistent quality and remarkable impression that New Zealand wines have created has made the world sit up and notice. To really appreciate what New Zealand has achieved, a week at Pinot Noir NZ 2013 will become an unforgettable experience – we call it a thinking party.”

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Alastair Maling MW, Chairman, Pinot Noir NZ 2013

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