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Sam Neill opens Pinot Noir NZ 2013

Sam Neill, winemaker, movie god and raconteur will open Pinot Noir NZ 2013 in Wellington next year, Chairman of the Board behind the event, Alastair Maling MW, announced as he opened registrations for the event.

“Sam was our first choice and we’re tickled pink because he’ll set the tone of “serious fun” over the four day event.”

Star of movies such as Jurassic Park, Dean Spanley and Reilly Ace of Spies, New Zealand born Sam established Pinot Noir producer Two Paddocks in Central Otago.

“The quality of Two Paddocks wine and his attachment to it, make Sam an optimistic man. He is inclined to see the glass in his right hand as never half empty, by the simple expedient of ensuring his left hand always holds a full bottle,” says Alastair.

“Sam gets his hands dirty and we’re trying to uncover the real work behind New Zealand’s fantastic Pinot Noirs which have beguiled the world.”

Pinot Noir NZ 2013 is the fifth such wine event and it has been called “one of the world’s most impressive wine events”.

“While we still set out to impress the look and feel is “kiwi laid back elegance” and we hope to engage our visitors with challenging talk, memorable food and of course unbeatable New Zealand Pinots,” Alastair says.

Registrations for Pinot Noir NZ 2013 are now open.

“This is exciting stuff. We have set up four days of Pinot workshops focusing on our five major Pinot regions and asking people to unearth the stories from the people behind our world class Pinot Noirs.”

Speakers already confirmed include Jasper Morris MW, Matt Kramer, Lisa Perotti Brown MW and Australia’s Mike Bennie.

More than 100 New Zealand Pinot producers have signed up to show their wares in Wellington from 28th – 31st January.

The first Pinot Noir Event was held in 2001. It was set up by a group of dedicated Pinot Noir producers (under the chairmanship of Richard Riddiford of Palliser Estate) to explore and celebrate the grape in New Zealand.

Held every three years in Wellington, Pinot Noir NZ has established a dedicated audience throughout the world and previous attendees include Jancis Robinson MW, Allen Meadows, Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke and James Halliday.

Ruth Pretty Catering has always pulled together a culinary programme including the very best Wellington restaurants using New Zealand’s finest produce.

The event is supported by New Zealand Winegrowers who regard it as a hero event in the New Zealand wine calendar.

CEO Philip Gregan says Pinot Noir NZ is a springboard for overseas visitors to experience the whole of the New Zealand wine story as they often continue their New Zealand trip to absorb other regions and grape varieties.

For more information visit www.pinotnz.co.nz or contact:

Alastair Maling MW, Chairman, Pinot Noir NZ 2013 AlastairM@villamaria.co.nz

For registration enquiries contact info@pinotnoir2013.co.nz

New Zealand Wine Fair Vancouver

Monday May 2, 2011

7:00-9:30 pm
Roundhouse Community Arts &

Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews.

Discover the fabulous array of New Zealand wines and enjoy your wine with a sampling of fine food and cheeses.

In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery. Sample over 100 proven performers and stars-in-the-making at this once a year exclusive tasting. Make this your opportunity to discover New Zealand in a glass!

Admission Price $60.00

Link to purchase Tickets http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3375435&pl=nzwine

New Zealand Winery Returns to Vancouver

Villa Maria Estate’s Jeremy McKenzie Shares Passion for Winemaking

Jeremy McKenzie, senior Marlborough winemaker of New Zealand winery Villa Maria Estate, visits Vancouver in July. Villa Maria Estate is New Zealand’s leading wine award winner, both locally and overseas.

Villa Maria Estate’s esteemed founder, Sir George Fistonich, visited Vancouver in April when New Zealand was a theme region at the 32nd Annual Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival.

As senior winemaker, McKenzie is responsible for overseeing the production of wines at Villa Maria Estate’s vineyard in Marlborough, the South Island wine growing region that is highly regarded for its Sauvignon Blanc. McKenzie manages all stages of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle.

Sustainability is a founding objective of the winery, which emphasizes the importance of leaving a positive legacy for the next generation. An active and accredited member of Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand (SWNZ), Villa Maria Estate incorporates sustainability into all facets of its operations: night-air cooling, organic vineyards and winery, natural lighting, recycling, and the use of hybrid vehicles and renewable energy. In 2009, Villa Maria Estate began the process of gaining CEMARS certification (Certified Emissions Measurement & Reduction Scheme).

Born and raised in Canterbury, Jeremy began his winemaking career as a vineyard assistant for Wairau River Wines, before taking on the cellarhand position at Rapaura Vintners in 2001. The next few years saw Jeremy work vintages throughout Australia and France, gaining valuable experience across a wide range of old- and new-world wines. In 2006, McKenzie began his career with Villa Maria Group as Marlborough winemaker.

An avid outdoorsman, McKenzie regularly indulges his passion for hunting wild boar, scuba diving, fishing and adventure/multisport racing. He, his partner, Bek and their children, Finn and Neve, reside on their elevated hillside vineyard planted in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc overlooking Marlborough’s Omaka Valley. McKenzie relishes life in this part of the world.

“There is a strong association between the products from the region, the pure, clean waters and crisp air,” he says. “To view Marlborough on a crisp Spring day with the snow-clad mountains in the background and emerging green buds on the vines is an amazing experience and contributes to the purity and cleanliness of the region. This is exemplified in our local produce, wine and quality of life.”

Fistonich founded Villa Maria Estate in Auckland in 1961. Today, Villa Maria Estate operates the Auckland Winery and Cellar Door and Marlborough Winery and Cellar Door. Villa Maria Estate’s premium grapes are also grown in the North Island’s Gisborne and Hawkes Bay regions.


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Villa Maria at The Playhouse Wine Festival

New Zealand Winery Takes Centre Stage
Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate to Attend Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival

Sir George Fistonich, esteemed founder of New Zealand winery Villa Maria Estate, will attend the 32nd Annual Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival from April 19-25. New Zealand, along with Argentina, is a theme region at this year’s event.

Sir George Fistonich founded Villa Maria Estate in Auckland in 1961. With vision, passion and determination, has steered the company to become New Zealand’s leading wine award winner, both locally and overseas. Today, Villa Maria Estate operates the Auckland Winery and Cellar Door, along with the Marlborough Winery and Cellar Door, located in the South Island’s highly regarded Marlborough wine-growing region. Along with Auckland and Marlborough, Villa Maria Estate Winery’s premium grapes are grown in the North Island’s Gisborne and Hawkes Bay regions.

In 2009, Fistonich was knighted for his significant contribution to the New Zealand wine industry, becoming the first person to be acknowledged for services to New Zealand’s wine industry. In 2004, Fistonich was shortlisted as one of the 50 most prominent figures in the wine industry by UK Wine International magazine. In 2005, he was named New Zealand’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Fistonich has long focused on the importance of regional differences in relation to grape quality and wine styles. He pioneered the use of contract growers and led Villa Maria to become the first New Zealand wine company to initiate payment for grapes based on quality rather than a flat contract price.

Villa Maria Estate wines will be featured at the following 32nd Annual Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival events: Get Uncorked! (April 19); Big Sky Party & Grill (April 20); International Festival Tasting (April 22-24); A Celebration of Passion (April 24); and Vintners Brunch (April 25). Tickets can be purchased online at www.playhousewinefest.com.

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Sacred Hill Tasting North Vancouver Everything Wine

April 21
Sacred Hill 4-6 pm
Sacred Hill is recognized as one of New Zealand‘s leading, multi-award winning wineries.  Focusing on the production of premium handcrafted varietal wines the company’s estate vineyards are located in New Zealand’s leading grape growing regions of Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago. Join Sacred Hill Export Director, Simon Swa at the tasting bar and learn all about what makes these wines so special!

WEBSITE: Everything Wine

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Discover NZ at Everything Wine

April 10 Discover New Zealand  2-6 pm
New Zealand is a country of contrasts with dense, native forest, snow capped mountains and spectacular coastline.  With wine growing regions covering the length of 1600 km, grapes are grown in a vast range of climates and soil types, producing a diverse array of styles.  Join us at the Tasting Bar for a wine trek through this amazing country and a preview of some of the fantastic winieries that will be at the 2010 Playhouse Wine Festival.

WEBSITE: Everything Wine

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ilove olive oil

ilove2Many know that New Zealand’s lush, broad landscape provides perfect growing conditions for vineyards delivering quality vintages all over the world. Many are not aware that this same landscape also provides a haven for olive groves. Ilove olive oil captures the pure taste of New Zealand’s rich, green pasture providing a distinctively herbaceous and grassy style of olive oil.

ilove olive oil comes from a collective of 30 New Zealand growers united by their passion – and love, for producing olive oil. By paying close attention to the quality of the fruit, the growers play a pivotal role in creating this ultra premium, cool climate extra virgin olive oil.

Ilove is sourced from growers around the Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay regions in the lower North Island of New Zealand. This region lends ilove its full-bodied and fruity taste – similar to renowned Sauvignon Blancs made from grapes grown in the same region.

Made by 30 growers and New Zealand’s top blender, ilove olive oil is a locally produced unique product that is now available in select locations across North America.