Winery tour hits the right notes with crowd

02:23, Feb 13 2013
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Clara van Wel performs at the Classic Hits Winery Tour at Sentry Hill winery

Hundreds of people turned out at Sentry Hill winery to sway and groove throughout yesterday's balmy evening or to just sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the melodies.

The Classic Hits Winery Tour 2013 featured New Zealand's Got Talent winner Clara Van Wel, The Adults featuring Jon Toogood, Julia Deans and Shayne Carter, Anika, Boh & Hollie and dub legends Fat Freddy's Drop.

Lisa Wall, of New Plymouth, said her crew of about eight were regulars at the winery tour, having attended for the last three years.

"You can't miss it. It's a great afternoon and evening showcasing New Zealand's talent."

It was important to nab a spot up the front early, she said.

"You normally park yourself and the group grows. Everybody here dances," she said.


Karen Savage poured wine at last year's event and was pleased to be on the other side this year.

"It's good because we got our son to drive us down so we can all get on it."

Lisa McLaughin loved the gig last year and was delighted to find this year that it fell on her 25th birthday.

"It's her quarter century and she thought it was the perfect way to celebrate," her mother, Claire McLaughlin said.

The staff of Molly Ryan rest home arrived sporting shiny blue cowboy hats. "It's so we don't lose each other," staff member Robyn Lewis said.

The Adults, fronted by Shihad's Jon Toogood and Fur Patrol's Julia Deans, had a devoted fan in Alessandra Keighley.

"Great shoes Julia!" Ms Keighley called as she danced in front of the stage.

She said The Adults were her must-see at the event.

"I was blessed to be standing up there under Jon Toogood playing the guitar," Ms Keighley said.

She added that Julia Deans' neon-yellow high heels alone deserved recognition.

Taranaki was a great place to be for live music, she said.

"I'm so grateful I live in this place, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world."

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