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THE EVENT

2017 NZBWF

ABOUT THE EVENT

This year will be the fifth annual New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival. The festival will showcase wines from some of New Zealand’s foremost boutique wine producers exclusively in a world class centrally located Auckland venue. The Boutique Wine Festival will be held on Sunday 11th of June 2017 in Auckland at the stunning Imperial Buildings.


The event will not only offer the opportunity to meet the wine makers themselves but the opportunity for the guests to be privy to stimulating discussions lead by some of NZ most influential wine commentators around the some prevalent topics within the industry.

Alongside the hustle and bustle in Imperial lane guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tasting lunch menu at Everybody’s, take part in expert master classes, and embark in a vertical tasting that is only offered at the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival 

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OUR MISSION

Creating a unique wine experience like no other, giving vineyards the opportunity to showcase their wine to New Zealand's leading wine market, and offering attendees the chance to discover some of New Zealand's best kept secrets!

We think people should enjoy wine with a story, and the best stories come from that of boutique wine producers, who work tirelessly to put wine on the table that creates lasting experiences. 

Because life is too short to drink bad wine

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TIMETABLE

11.30 AM - Doors Open 

12.00 PM - VIP Lunch 

1.00 PM - Masterclass with Yvonne Lorkin: The Rise of the New Whites (with some old faves thrown in). We'll look at groovy new white varieties spinning the wheels of our boutique winemakers across the length of the land.

2.00 PM - VIP Lunch | Vertical Tasting with Matawhero Winery- Matawhero Church House Chenin Blanc 2013 (GOLD), 2014 (GOLD/TROPHY), 2015 (5 STAR) and 2016

3.00 PM - Vertical Tasting with Silver Wing - Silver Wing Chardonnays 2012, 2014, and 2015 comparing French and Hungarian oak influence plus also Pinot Noirs 2011 and 2014. These wines will then be compared with the Preservative free 2014 Nada Pinot Noir and the preservative free 2015 Nada Chardonnay to see how natural wines measure up to sulphated wines (same vineyard, same year).

4.00 PM - Luigi Bormioli Glass Appreciation Class with Yvonne Lorkin

5.00 PM - VIP Dinner 

7.00 PM - VIP Dinner | Doors Close, but feel free to stop in at The Jefferson for a night cap

TICKET INFORMATION

TICKETS ARE ON SALE

Each ticket includes: One Luigi Bormioli Italian festival glass ($19.99), event programme, and one free tasting token on entry.

Earlybird Tickets (available until 29th May) - $29 per person
Add On: Vertical Tasting (available until 29th May) - $29 per person

VIP Lunch: 12pm and 2pm - $79 (includes entry)

VIP Dinner: 5pm - $99 (includes entry)

GA Tickets - $39 per person (from 30th May - 12th June)

Add On: Vertical Tasting - $39 per person (from 30th May -12th June)

Door Sales - $49 per person

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YVONNE LORKIN

Yvonne Lorkin is the Drinks Writer for Dish Magazine and is the Wine Writer for NZ Herald’s Canvas Magazine. She’s also the syndicated weekly wine columnist for ten NZME regional newspapers and appeared regularly on the Paul Henry Show (and has also begun work on TV3’s A.M. Show with Duncan Garner) She’s been a wine correspondent on Radio NZ National since 2010 and for the last 6 years has been producing and presenting a great little wine TV show called Thirsty Work – Series 4 is on-demand www.3now.co.nz and TV3 are planning for Series 5.

Yvonne is also the co-founder and Chief Tasting Officer of WineFriend.co.nz, the coolest and most incredible new wine business this side of the Waihopai River and she’s a highly experienced, senior wine show judge. Combined, the readership and viewership figures of her magazine and newspaper columns and her regular radio and television appearances amount to hundreds of thousands of people weekly. This means she’s the most widely circulated and widely visible wine commentator in the country. But her parents (bless them) are still hoping she’ll stop all this nonsense and get a proper job…

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Jamie Newman

DJ and producer Jamie Newman is the DJ and driving force behind Aotearoa’s first No Lights No Lycra – a weekly dance happening where a sound-system is dragged into a community hall, the lights are turned off and 100 - 150 people let loose dancing in the dark on a Monday night. Jamie has been curating playlists to get people moving since it's inception 3 1/2 years ago.

Jamie is a regular DJ at Auckland’s Golden Dawn, producer behind electronic three piece Bright Child and a DIY renegade party all-rounder. His sets span soukous, electronic music, hi-life, indie electronic and alt pop – music for the dance floor from across genres, continents and eras.

While his DJing roots can be traced back to playing midnight NYE in the house zone at the Gathering in 98/99, a few recent highlights include DJing Splore 2014, 2015 + 2016, sole DJ for iconic NZ fashion label Kate Sylvester's 21st birthday party, DJing NZ Fashion Week 2014 + 2015, including playing the opening ceremony in 2015.

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Tracey Collins

Tracey Collins is NZ’s premier professional accordionist offering an unforgettable and unique entertainment experience that you and your clients will remember for years to come.

Her 27 years of playing experience (the past 16 years professionally) has blessed Tracey with a vast repertoire suitable for any occasion or venue.
A sought after rare talent, Tracey has entertained at events such as The Americas Cup, NZ Fashion Week, Volvo Ocean Race, Food & Wine Festivals and Sky City Auckland. Tracey’s killer smile and elegant style makes her the perfect musical compliment for any venue or occasion.
Recognized throughout New Zealand as the premier Accordion Entertainer and New Zealand’s only female Professional Accordion Entertainer she has earned extensive praise throughout New Zealand and Australia as an artist and entertainer, and is highly sought after as a professional musician.

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THE VENUE

The Imperial Building is an eclectic collection of some of the most unique and well located heritage spaces in the heart of Auckland. Built between 1886 and 1911, the original Imperial Buildings at 44 Queen St, together with other buildings on the site, have undergone a $12 million revitalisation with a full suite of modern building facilities while at the same time retaining all the richness and character which only the passage of time can create.

For the event, we use as much of the original infrastructure as possible, to create a truly boutique environment when enjoying the best wine New Zealand has to offer. We hope you enjoy this unique space during the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival 2016.

The venue entrance on the day will be located at 7 Fort Lane, Auckland CBD (exit - 44 Queen St).

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TICKET INFORMATION

TICKETS ARE ON SALE

Each ticket includes: One Luigi Bormioli Italian festival glass, event programme, and one free tasting token on entry.

Earlybird Tickets (available until 29th May) - $29 per person
Add On: Vertical Tasting (available until 29th May) - $29 per person

VIP Lunch: 12pm and 2pm - $79 (includes entry)

VIP Dinner: 5pm - $99 (includes entry)

GA Tickets - $39 per person (from 30th May - 12th June)

Add On: Vertical Tasting - $39 per person (from 30th May -12th June)

Door Sales - $49 per person

Click here to buy tickets

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ADDITIONAL INFO

In 2017, the NZBWF will again be held over 3 levels in the Imperial Buildings and all areas will be under cover (Imperial lane, Everybodys, Roxy). 

Vineyards will conduct vertical tastings over the course of the day, and we will be holding a master class headed by our ambassador Yvonne Lorkin.

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LUIGI BORMIOLI GLASS ON ARRIVAL

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Luigi Bormioli so every guest of the NZ Boutique Wine Festival will get their very own Luigi Bormioli glass when they arrive - yours to keep! There is nothing like tasting wine out of a beautiful Italian glass.

Luigi Bormioli, the designer label of glassmaking, gives expression to “Made in Italy” with exceptional quality, fashion and flair. Their glassware uses the purest raw materials, advanced and eco-friendly melting processes, highly innovative production processes resulting in a glasses that are extra pure and totally transparent, sparkling, longer lasting and resistant to breakage. The Atelier range of glasses offer wine specific bowl shapes for the superior aroma diffusion of wine.

At 4pm come to The Jefferson for the Luigi Bormioli Glass Appreciation Class with Yvonne Lorkin (free class - first in first served)

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