The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is New Zealand's original and longest running wine festival.
This event is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to recognise the importance of grapevine pruning and the importance this has to ensure the quality of our regional wines. It also acknowledges, develops and encourages the skills of the workers undertaking this role each year and really shines the light on the very important role they play. The 2016 event will take place on Sunday 14th August at Yealands Estate Rowley Crescent vineyard. Individuals and teams are now invited to register to take part.
Quest to find a national viticulture representative to compete in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition.
Quest to find a national winemaker representative to compete in the National Young Winemaker of the Year competition
Detaiils for the 2016 Wineworks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race will be released soon. The Marlborough Regions first new vintage Sauvignon Blanc launch/race was held on September 11th, 2001 and was followed by a gala trade tasting of the regions new vintage Sauvignon Blanc wines at the Queens Wharf event centre in Wellington. In 2002 and 2003 the event was further developed to include a trade tasting in both Wellington and Auckland which were both followed by a public tasting. The primary drive behind the annual event is to highlight the annual release of the Marlborough regions new vintage Sauvignon Blanc wines that are to this day continuing to get critical acclaim in overseas markets around the globe. The main focus of the annual launch takes the form of a high stakes dash across the notorious Cook Strait, from Waikawa in the South Island to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, in the North Island, followed by a tasting event in Wellington. Most years the crossing is plain sailing but the Cook Straits reputation as one of the worlds most hazardous stretches of water has taken its toll on our racing fleet over the last ten years. Each year the yachts that take up the challenge of launching the Marlborough regions new vintage Sauvignon Blanc each carry a single bottle of Sauvignon from one of the regions numerous producers and race it over the Wellington. Once there, a tasting event is held by Wine Marlborough to showcase Marlborough's great wines.