Kiwi musicians provide quality vintage on winery tour

Charming the audience: Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Che Fu and Anika Moa.
Steve Dykes

Charming the audience: Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Che Fu and Anika Moa.

Among picturesque hilltop grapevines last night legendary Kiwi musicians entertained a middle-aged and middle-class crowd indulging themselves on wine, gourmet picnics and gorgeous weather.

The ninth annual Winery Tour hit Matakana North of Auckland in fine form for the third show of an 11-show run.

The tour is a slick, well-managed operation, and even with close to 4000 punters dancing around the vines at Ascension Wine Estate, the toilets were still clean towards the end of the night, lines for drinks and food short and the mosh pit a friendly family affair.

Songstress Anika Moa charmed the audience while the sun was still out before Supergroove took over with a much more energetic performance.

The audience was older than the typical music festival crowd with parents and grandparents taking full advantage of their chance to party hard and be home by 11pm.

The sensible mosh-pit went crazy for Supergroove's early 90s classics like Scorpio Girls, You Gotta Know and Can't Get Enough, and though the rockers may be a bit older now, they still throw themselves around the stage like no time at all has passed.

Che Fu's son made a cameo with his saxophone, Anika Moa joined the group to belt out a few soulful tunes and Don McGlashan grabbed his euphonium to round out the horn section. 

The mood shifted to a considerably more mellow one when veterans Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan took control of the stage, rounding out the night with hits like Bathe in the River and Loyal.

The tour moves on to Havelock North next for shows on Thursday and Friday.

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