We’re back! With more than 50 of New Zealand’s best wineries, a full schedule of tastings, talks and new experiences. It’s time once again to delve into the that vinous wonderland that is Winetopia.
Get up close and personal with our unique regions and their most lovingly crafted wines. Try new favourites from the likes of Escarpment, Framingham, Craggy Range, Man O’ War, Greywacke and so many more. Get your hands on the newest wines on the scene right through to soon to be revealed flagships.
This is your chance to immerse yourself in the New Zealand wine scene and celebrate the growers and winemakers that have put this country on the vinous map.
‘Share a Glass’ with famous faces during our free talks and tastings, discover taste buds you never knew you had in our new ‘Wine Blind’ sessions and uncover more about what makes our wines so special with the Winetopia gurus including the OG Master of Wine Bob Campbell.
New for this year and by popular demand we’ve teamed up with Sergio Maglione and his team to bring you the Winetopia X Farina restaurant (Ponsonby) pop up restaurant.
Tickets to Winetopia go quick each year, possibly something to do with our troop of musicians who send every wine lover off with a grin as wide as the Gimblett Gravels.
Grab your friends and get ready for the biggest wine tasting event in New Zealand – Winetopia!
There are three different sessions you can choose from:
Friday 30 October - 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 31 October - 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Saturday 31 October - 4:30pm - 8:00pm
In the event that Winetopia is postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, all tickets purchased for the event will either be transferred to the new dates or refunded (excluding any booking, delivery or transaction fees).
New! Golden Coin
Winetopia this year brings you some of the most prestigious wines in the country. We’ve asked more of our friends to bring along their ultra-premium wines and now you can taste them at the event using our new ‘Golden Coins.’ These ultra-premium wines are generally from a very successful vintage, have won prestigious awards or have been identified by reputable critics as wines of outstanding pedigree. These wines are usually found at upwards of $100 per bottle. The list of ultra-premium wines will be released shortly.
$30 includes: 5x Premium Gold Tasting Tokens. Wine pours will be 30ml. An exciting addition to any cellar, these wines are definitely to be savoured!
Discover the best wines from Winetopia on Winetree.co.nz
Winetree presents some of the most popular and exciting wines as featured at Winetopia, not to mention those selected by our guest wine gurus, including masters of wine, international experts and even the occasional muso. Wines delivered direct to your door. Plus, every purchase supports native tree planting right here in New Zealand. Join our community and together we’ll grow a mighty forest.
Masterclasses at Winetopia are lead by special guest speakers. Indulge in the deeper joys of New Zealand wine, learn from industry gurus and expect to be enthralled throughout the exclusive 40-minute interactive talk (45-minute for food and wine match masterclasses), including tastings of a number of premium varietals.
Tickets for Masterclass sessions can be pre-purchased now, so don't miss out! A limited number of Masterclass tickets are available per session, and can be purchased alongside your Winetopia session entry ticket from just $20 (+booking fee). Masterclass tickets DO NOT include entry into Winetopia.
See below for schedule and more information about the classes and our special guest speakers.
There are strictly limited tickets to each Masterclass so secure your experience now!
Bob Campbell (MW)
Fizz Facts & Serious Sparklers*
All you need to know about sparkling wine and some of New Zealand's best sparkling wines available. There's Methode to this madness.
The Prestige Masterclass*
Winetopia is bringing out the big guns with some of the countrys' most auspicious wines - not to be missed!
Pick of the Pinots?
Pinot Noir is Bob's desert island wine. He will explain why it's top of his hit parade as he invites you to share a selection of his favourite labels.
*These Masterclass sessions begin 15-minutes prior to gates opening and main session beginning. Please ensure you’re at the event 10-minutes prior to this Masterclasses start time, and make yourself known to event staff to gain early entry.
About Bob Campbell (MW)
New Zealand’s best known and most prolific voice in wine, Bob Campbell, was the second New Zealander and is one of only 396 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification. He is widely regarded as New Zealand’s foremost wine educator, with more than 22,000 people having attended Bob’s wine diploma courses in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He is wine editor of Your Home & Garden, Taste and the Air NZ in-flight magazine, as well as being New Zealand wine editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine. Bob contributes to wine publications in seven countries, and is currently chairman of judges at the NZ International Wine Show and chairman of the New Zealand section of the London-based Decanter World Wine Awards.
Stephen Wong (MW)
Charismatic, humorous and super knowledgeable, Stephen Wong (MW) will now lead Nick Stock's initially announced masterclasses and appear on the main stage too.
Pinot Noir from North to South
How New Zealand is making this noble variety it’s own
Outside the Box
New Zealand’s emerging white wine varieties, regions and styles
Why Chardonnay, the hot 90’s grape is making a come-back
About Stephen Wong (MW)
Stephen might be one of New Zealand's newest Masters of Wine but he's long been a key figure in Wellington's hospitality scene. Over the past 15 years, he's moved from vineyard worker to sommelier to wine show judge across New Zealand and Australia, while working behind the scenes with restaurants and hotels locally and in Singapore. Since gaining his coverted Master of Wine status, Stephen has taken on more formal educational duties, teaching wine for the Cordon Bleu degree programme and running his wine consulting business, Wine Sentience.
Food and Wine Matching Masterclasses
Beautiful wine is made to be enjoyed with beautiful food. It’s a celebration of our tastebuds, a complete experience, a true experience in being ‘wined and dined’. This year Winetopia is giving you the opportunity to experience a unique Masterclass experience including 4 premium wines, matched to 4 small tasting plates.
Coastal Classics with Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill
Take your tastebuds on a trip to the coast during this classical wine and seafood pairing masterclass, with Sommelier Piers Haszard
East Meets West with Nanam restaurant
Take a journey to the Philippines and back in this mouth-watering tasting with wine guru Mermaid Mary
Wine and food matching masterclass with Hugo’s Bistro
Join chef Alfie Ingham and restaurant manager Sophie Beaton as they celebrate beautiful New Zealand produce
What a difference a glass makes: can a glass change the taste? Learn how the shape of a glass can improve or limit the taste and aroma of any wine you drink. This is your opportunity, like many before you, to taste some great wines and experience first-hand how the right glass can enrich your wine tasting experience.
Admission includes 3 premium Spiegelau glasses for you to take home (valued at over $120).
Alchemy – Can a Glass Enhance Your Wine?
Taste some great wines and experience first-hand how the right glass can enrich your wine tasting experience. Includes 3 premium Spiegelau glasses for you to take home.
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This event is strictly R18.
Masterclass tickets DO NOT include entry into Winetopia.
Masterclass tickets include tastings of the wines presented in the Masterclass.
Please note drink tokens are non-refundable.
More tasting tokens can be purchased at the event at $2 per token.
Most wines will be available to taste for one token. However some wineries will have super premium wines on offer, and these may cost multiple tasting tokens.