Weather, and the wine

Kathryn Wilson's shoes
Kathryn Wilson's shoes
A J Park (centre)
A J Park (centre)
Stag do: Scott Williamson from Christchurch with his ball and chain and all his mates.  Dad is at far right
Stag do: Scott Williamson from Christchurch with his ball and chain and all his mates. Dad is at far right
Phoenix Foundation gets the crowd going
Phoenix Foundation gets the crowd going
Australian weather presenter, from the Australia Today Show, Emma Freedman interviews, Alex Giesen, of Giesen Wines in a live broadcast
Australian weather presenter, from the Australia Today Show, Emma Freedman interviews, Alex Giesen, of Giesen Wines in a live broadcast
Dancing to the Phoenix Foundation
Dancing to the Phoenix Foundation
Peter and Denise Bush
Peter and Denise Bush
Saint Clair wine monks
Saint Clair wine monks
Uli Budde and Sandra Koukola from Dusseldorf, Germany enjoy a Westmeat angus burger
Uli Budde and Sandra Koukola from Dusseldorf, Germany enjoy a Westmeat angus burger
Enjoying an Isabel Estate pinot noir is Cherie Butcher and Mike Williams
Enjoying an Isabel Estate pinot noir is Cherie Butcher and Mike Williams
Seafood platter from the Ice Bar: Parisians Vincent Richard and Abakar Ata
Seafood platter from the Ice Bar: Parisians Vincent Richard and Abakar Ata
Cloudy bay Clams seafood platter at the Ice Bar
Cloudy bay Clams seafood platter at the Ice Bar
Aaron Piper with Tuatua Sliders and Popcorn Clams from the  Cloudy Bay Ice Bar
Aaron Piper with Tuatua Sliders and Popcorn Clams from the Cloudy Bay Ice Bar
Chef Sachie Nomura demonstrates a New Zealand King Salmon dish
Chef Sachie Nomura demonstrates a New Zealand King Salmon dish
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.
Robyn Munro and Jennie O'Neill
Robyn Munro and Jennie O'Neill
Marion Holland keeps the water up to the thirsty, Antonia Grigg of Picton
Marion Holland keeps the water up to the thirsty, Antonia Grigg of Picton
Sampling the best of Marlborough wine and food
Sampling the best of Marlborough wine and food
Mudhouse Wines - winners of the best site. Cleighten Cornelius, winemaker and Lou Miller, CEO
Mudhouse Wines - winners of the best site. Cleighten Cornelius, winemaker and Lou Miller, CEO
Jessy Hendry, Ari Rachawong, Joy Fieldhouse
Jessy Hendry, Ari Rachawong, Joy Fieldhouse
Ritual Coffee Kart
Ritual Coffee Kart
The New Zealand Army band
The New Zealand Army band
Victoria Onyan, Georgia Hammond, Sarah Hammond
Victoria Onyan, Georgia Hammond, Sarah Hammond
Julie Bockway from Auckland with a dessert from Top Tarts
Julie Bockway from Auckland with a dessert from Top Tarts
Thomas's fashion in the Vines winner Rachel Crampton walks down the catwalk after being named supreme champion.
Thomas's fashion in the Vines winner Rachel Crampton walks down the catwalk after being named supreme champion.
Thomas's fashion in the Vines
Thomas's fashion in the Vines
Jono Entwistle 3rd male, Rachel Crampton supreme champion, Mereana Beconan 3rd female, John Brbich 1st male, Anna Brbich runnerup female, Steve Brbich runnerup male.
Jono Entwistle 3rd male, Rachel Crampton supreme champion, Mereana Beconan 3rd female, John Brbich 1st male, Anna Brbich runnerup female, Steve Brbich runnerup male.
Kathryn Wilson's shoes
Kathryn Wilson's shoes
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

Australia's early risers had the opportunity to get in on the action at the 2014 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival on Saturday.

Broadcasting live from the festival was Australia's Weekend Today show weather presenter Emma Freedman.

In between reading the weather forecast for Australia's main centres, Freedman met Marlborough winemakers and tried some of the wine and food on offer.

Good morning: Australia woke up to a live broadcast from the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival on Saturday. Weather presenter Emma Freedman and Giesen Wines director Alex Giesen were showcasing Marlborough wines
Good morning: Australia woke up to a live broadcast from the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival on Saturday. Weather presenter Emma Freedman and Giesen Wines director Alex Giesen were showcasing Marlborough wines

Giesen Wines director Alex Giesen also appeared on camera.

Mr Giesen said it was important to not only showcase his own wines, but to talk about New Zealand as a wine-producing country.

"First and foremost is New Zealand, then Marlborough, the region, then the variety."

The Weekend Today team were brought to New Zealand by Destination Marlborough as part of an initiative to showcase the region internationally.

General manager Tracy Johnston said Marlborough was a popular destination for Australian visitors.

"It's a really important market for us, for Marlborough, they love our wine and it's great they like to come and visit the place where our wine is produced," she said.

Freedman said Australians were often attracted to New Zealand's larger cities, and this was an opportunity to publicise the smaller regions.

"It's gorgeous, that is the first thing that really strikes you when you arrive, the nature is sublime . . . the wine is delicious and the food is excellent quality," she said.

Yesterday the crew was to broadcast live from the Queen Charlotte Track. Show producer Angie Boustani said it had been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the crew: "We have never seen anything like this before."

The Marlborough Express