Central Otago Winegrowers Association president James Dicey
and Central Otago Pinot Noir chairwoman Lucie Lawrence, who
will be talking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge about
the region's wines this weekend. Photo supplied.
''The eyes of the world will be on Central Otago wine
this weekend,'' Central Otago Pinot Noir chairwoman Lucie
Lawrence said ahead of this weekend's royal visit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Amisfield
winery, near Lake Hayes, on Sunday, where wines from 30 local
wineries will be available to the couple.
Central Otago Winegrowers' Association president James Dicey
will escort the duke through the tasting, while Ms Lawrence
will accompany the duchess.
''It'll be very much an informal event, with us walking
around chatting to the various winemakers, growers and owners
representing each of their wineries,'' Mr Dicey said.
Ms Lawrence said the Central Otago wine region was a young
wine-growing area ''and to grow our appeal and inform the
world about our wines is an opportunity money simply can't
''We certainly expect interest in the region to significantly
increase following the royal visit.''
The event is designed to showcase some of the region's best
and award-winning wineries to the Royal couple, focusing on
varieties grown in Central Otago.
The Royal couple will also get to view some of Amisfield's
vines close up.
There would be a natural focus on pinot noir - the variety
Central Otago is most famed for - but the Royals will also be
introduced to the area's riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris and
Also on the menu is the best of Otago's local produce, as
each wine variety will be matched with food.
An international media contingent of 120 will return to
Amisfield later on Sunday for another wine-tasting and food
Mr Dicey said it was ''an absolute privilege'' to be able to
inform and educate the duke on the region's wines but added
he was ''a little nervous'' given the level of international
interest surrounding their visit.