Marlborough Wine flight pairs spectacular views of New Zealand with award-winning wines
Glasses of premium New Zealand wine, paired with spectacular views, is a winning formula.
Following the International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough, more than 60 top international wine writers, sommeliers and buyers were flown to Gisborne to attend the inaugural Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium.
But it was no ordinary flight.
Organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, in partnership with Air New Zealand, the 'Wine Flight' departed from Marlborough Airport on Thursday, taking in views of Nelson, the Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay and Gisborne.
Flight attendants on the two Q300 planes served the assembled media and wine experts glasses of wine from the vineyards below.
New Zealand Winegrowers global marketing director Chris Yorke said the 'Wine Flight' was a fantastic way to promote New Zealand wine.
"It allows us to offer this highly influential group of global wine media and trade representatives a totally fresh perspective on New Zealand wine," he said.
Many of the passengers were not aware of the aerial tasting, as they presumed it was a regular flight to Gisborne, but judging by the social media posts it was well received.
The wines sampled were a Waimea Family Estate Wines Albarino 2015, from Nelson, a Julicher Pinot Noir 2013, from Wairarapa, and the winner of the 2015 Air New Zealand champion wine of the show, a 2013 Church Road Macdonald Series Syrah, from Hawke's Bay.
- The Marlborough Express