new zealand wine festivals in the shoulder season

New Zealand Wine Festivals in the Shoulder Season

New Zealand has quickly become one of the world’s top wine regions, known for its unique and flavorful wines. In spring (September–November), the buds take off, with grapes appearing and then ripening through the summer (December–February) to be ready for the harvest in autumn (March–May).
New Zealand wine festivals in Fall

There are many wine regions to explore, each with its distinct character and charm. For example, Marlborough is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, while Hawke’s Bay is known for its Bordeaux-style blends. Wine Tastings and Vineyard tours are available most of the year, but the joy of paring good wine with tasty local food is priceless.

The Chardonnay Affair 2023in Gisborne, May 26-28, and held to coincide with International Chardonnay Day on May 25th, The Chardonnay Affair is a celebration of all things Chardonnay on the East Coast of New Zealand. During the 4-day affair, you can celebrate aboard the historic steam train WA 165 as you wind your way from Gisborne railway station through the countryside.

Dress to impress in white, like their Chardonnay. Tickets include live music, bubbles on arrival, and two glasses of Chardonnay matched with an array of different food created by the very talented Wendy Bennett and her team.

Harvest Hawke’s Bay celebration has been moved to November 25th, 2023, because of the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle. This inaugural event will take place from 11 am to 5 pm in a spectacular riverside setting on Tuki Tuki Rd and will feature…

SIXTEEN WINERIES pared with EIGHT EATERIES, offering festival goers the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest wine matched with food produced by some of the region’s award-winning chefs using locally sourced ingredients. In addition, three bands with a wide variety of entertainment will perform through the afternoon.

These local wine festivals bring together local food and wine in the best ways possible. Plan to visit New Zealand during the shoulder season and experience one of these delicious events.

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