NZ Boutique Wine Festival launches this June

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If there’s one thing Kiwis do really well, it’s taking a small idea and owning it. Now some of the country’s smallest winemakers are getting together to create a very cool event.

Leading small-production wineries from across the country are gathering up their best bottles, cases and carafes anLeading small-production wineries from across the country are gathering up their best bottles, cases and carafes and preparing for the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival, 10th June 2018, at the Imperial Buildings Fort Lane, Auckland.

Suitable for all wine lovers, from beginners to buffs, this unique event showcases 33 exhibiting wineries in an intimate setting, along with vertical tastings, food and wine pairing seminars and the opportunity to experience a VIP lunch and dinner.

Taking charge for the first time this year, new owner and Event Director, Sue Duncan says that this well-loved boutique event is something special and she can’t wait to get tickets on sale to the wine-loving public.

“The Boutique Wine Festival is an absolutely delightful day out. All the wines are from small wineries offering very limited vintages, so discovery is the name of the game.

“You normally won’t find these wines anywhere except for the cellar door (if you’re lucky), and what is even better is that you get to sample them amongst a sparkling crowd of wine-lovers, in a stunning location, with great music to match,” says Duncan.

A highlight of this year’s event will be a Masterclass led by NZBWF’s official ambassador, Yvonne Lorkin.

Lorkin brings huge knowledge about wine, and a reputation for fun and feisty presentations. And she is a prolific columnist also; drinks writer for Dish Magazine and NZ Herald’s Canvas Magazine, wine columnist for ten regional newspapers, Radio NZ wine correspondent, and, for the last seven years’ producer and presenter of the TV show; Thirsty Work and much more. She is also co-founder and Chief Tasting Officer of

Lorkin’s Masterclass – ‘Wildcard Reds – local versions of foreign legends’, aims to unpack some of the new, groovy and downright different red varietals being grown here in New Zealand.

“I love the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival, its intimate setting and the amazing variety of unique, quirky, thought-provoking and downright spectacular wines that it offers,” says Lorkin.

Distinguished Sommelier Curtis Marsh is another special guest appearing at this year’s festival. Marsh has over 35 years experience across hospitality, wine and media industries, working as an Asian correspondent for Thomson Reuters and columnist for the Hong Kong Standard Newspaper and Asia Sentinel. Now based in Wellington, Marsh is the Resident Sommelier and Writer for the Robert Parker Wine Advocate.

With wines from Northland to Central Otago, the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival 2018 creates an ideal opportunity to see, taste and learn about some of the hidden gems New Zealand keeps bottled up.

Appearing for the first time at NZBWF are Blackridge, TerraVin Mon Cheval Wines, Tantalus Estate, Tironui Estate, Coal Pit Wines, Unison Vineyard, House of Ball, Clos Marguerite, The Bonelines, Cypress Wines, Greystone Wines, Cable Bay, Kina Beach Vineyard, Johner Estate, Maori Point.

They’ll stand tall alongside returning wineries, Mount Michael Wines, Lone Goat Vineyard, Judge Rock, Peacock Sky, Hopes Grove, Maison Noire, Turanga Creek, Postage Stamp Wine, Fancrest Estate, Ascension Wine, Collaboration Wines, Mount Beautiful, Two Rivers, Man O’ War, Snapper Rock, Silver Wing Wines, French Peak Wines, Matawhero Winery, and Bell Bird Spring.

And providing the all-important food to complement the wines, The Wandering Palate ( will provide morsels of delight for attendees.

Early-bird tickets for this year’s Boutique Wine Festival go on sale April 14th and can be purchased through the NZBWF website ( For updates and sneak previews leading up to the event, see the NZBWF Facebook page and Instagram.

Earlybird tickets start from $29.00 and include one Luigi Bormioli Italian festival glass, an event programme, and two tasting tokens on entry.

The first 30 people to purchase tickets can also apply to receive two complimentary tickets to the festival’s luxury pre-event held at The Wine Cave. The pre-event is an exclusive, invite only event for Sommeliers, VIP guests and the first 30 who purchase tickets online.

“This event is packed full of flavour and surprise and we look forward to seeing New Zealand’s wine lovers at the NZ Boutique Wine Festival in June,” says Duncan.



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