Celebrating the vintage
The island's growth as a winemaking paradise is about to mature at the end of this summer with a ‘must-do' event beckoning.
Artisan winegrowers will be holding their first ever Waiheke Vintage Festival featuring wines and related activities, food, and a variety of live music.
It will last nine days between March 29 and April 6.
The festival is timed to ensure the public has as many opportunities as possible to see or participate in grapes being picked and wine being made, Waiheke Winegrowers Association spokeswoman Jenny Holmes says.
Seventeen different vineyards will be staging events ranging from opera and jazz, to grape crushing and technical wine making tours.
Fullers is running a bus service all week between the participating vineyards, which will open their doors and share their products, expertise and methodology as well as tempting menus in their restaurants.
"The vineyards will offer an experience that anyone with an appreciation of wine will enjoy," she says.
"But also one that will entice people with little knowledge of wine to explore our beautiful island and its offerings."
Vineyards taking part in the festival: Batch, Cable Bay, Expatrius, Goldie Wines, Jurassic Ridge, Kennedy Point, Man ‘O War, Miro, Mudbrick, Obsidian, Passage Rock, Peacock Sky, Poderi Crisci, Stonyridge, Te Motu, Te Whau, and Wild on Waiheke.
Vineyards participating in wine tasting at the Waiheke Wine Centre, Ocean View Rd: Destiny Bay, The Hay Paddock, SOHO Wine Co and Woodside Hill.