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Glasses raised to successful wine symposium

Glasses raised to successful wine symposium

by Murray Robertson Published: February 5, 2019 3:09PM

Glasses raised to successful wine symposium

WE’LL DRINK TO THAT: Among the New Zealand contingent attending the Chardonnay & Sparkling Symposium were (from left) winemaker Michael Brajkovich, Kirsten Searle of Matawhero Wines, NZ Wine Growers chief executive Philip Gregan and NZ Wine Growers chairman John Clarke. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell




Glasses raised to successful wine symposium

Some of the world’s top wine writers and influencers will have left Gisborne with memories “that will last for decades”.

That is the verdict from New Zealand Wine Growers chairman, Gisborne’s John Clarke.

He was talking about the Chardonnay & Sparkling Symposium in Gisborne, which attracted about 75 wine buyers, writers and influencers from around the world.

They arrived on Thursday aboard a chartered flight via Blenheim, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay, tasting wines from those regions as they flew over.

That night they were welcomed at Whakato Marae with a powhiri, followed by a wine tasting.

“That was a first and it was absolutely well-received,” said Mr Clarke.

“The symposium attendees will have memories that will last for decades.

“They will go back to their respective counties with a much better appreciation of New Zealand and the culture of the country.”

Mr Clarke said it had been great to have the event in Gisborne.

“Those attending were exposed to a Maori cultural experience that many of them will never have experienced before.”

Mr Clarke said the people of Whakato were generous in the way they shared their culture.

Gisborne Winegrowers chairwoman and symposium spokeswoman Annie Millton said the event was a great success.

“Everyone left Gisborne with a wonderful impression of our wines, beaches and culture,” she said.

“In the symposium we covered a dozen different chardonnay wines that were tasted by those attending.”

Mrs Millton said some quite technical information was shared on chardonnay clones and winemaking techniques.

“The wines were from all different parts of New Zealand, including Gisborne.”

The symposium attendees enjoyed lunch at Waikanae Beach on Friday.

“It was a stunning Gisborne day and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” she said.

The symposium ended with a dinner on Friday night at Opou Station Homestead at Manutuke.

Glasses raised to successful wine symposium

Some of the world’s top wine writers and influencers will have left Gisborne with memories “that will last for decades”.

That is the verdict from New Zealand Wine Growers chairman, Gisborne’s John Clarke.

He was talking about the Chardonnay & Sparkling Symposium in Gisborne, which attracted about 75 wine buyers, writers and influencers from around the world.

They arrived on Thursday aboard a chartered flight via Blenheim, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay, tasting wines from those regions as they flew over.

That night they were welcomed at Whakato Marae with a powhiri, followed by a wine tasting.

“That was a first and it was absolutely well-received,” said Mr Clarke.

“The symposium attendees will have memories that will last for decades.

“They will go back to their respective counties with a much better appreciation of New Zealand and the culture of the country.”

Mr Clarke said it had been great to have the event in Gisborne.

“Those attending were exposed to a Maori cultural experience that many of them will never have experienced before.”

Mr Clarke said the people of Whakato were generous in the way they shared their culture.

Gisborne Winegrowers chairwoman and symposium spokeswoman Annie Millton said the event was a great success.

“Everyone left Gisborne with a wonderful impression of our wines, beaches and culture,” she said.

“In the symposium we covered a dozen different chardonnay wines that were tasted by those attending.”

Mrs Millton said some quite technical information was shared on chardonnay clones and winemaking techniques.

“The wines were from all different parts of New Zealand, including Gisborne.”

The symposium attendees enjoyed lunch at Waikanae Beach on Friday.

“It was a stunning Gisborne day and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” she said.

The symposium ended with a dinner on Friday night at Opou Station Homestead at Manutuke.

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