Nearly 1000 square metres of marquee has been set up at the Marlborough Convention Centre ready for the 2013 Romeo Bragato Conference which starts today.
Attend Limited, which has organised the conference on behalf of New Zealand Wine Growers, had worked on the event for a year.
Attend co-director Karen McLean said she was excited to see it taking shape.
"Today is what I call the clunk day. I get goosebumps at this stage . . . it's just so exciting," she said.
Teams were busy setting up for the 29th annual event of New Zealand's biggest wine conference.
These included a group of NMIT wine diploma students, recruited as stewards for the wine awards judging, and who were busy putting together about 500 satchel packs for the guests.
Ms McLean said she was expecting close to 600 people to attend the conference, starting at 11am this morning and going through until about 1pm on Friday.
Attendees at the event would include winemakers, viticulturalists, trade suppliers and sponsors.
Today's events would include the Bragato address and tasting of the Bragato Wine Awards entries, and tomorrow there will be a breakfast, plenary sessions and concurrent forums, motivational speaker Peter Baines and the Bragato Dinner, with presentations of the Bragato Wine Awards Trophies and speeches from competitors in the Markhams Young Viticulturist competition.
The winner of the young viticulturist competition and the Bragato Wine Awards trophies would be awarded at the dinner tomorrow night.
Wrapping up the day on Friday, there would be more plenary sessions and concurrent forums with wine tastings.
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