Waitaki Valley wines are going on the road, buoyed by two
major recent successes at international wine shows.
Eight winemakers, almost all of those in the small region,
have combined for the first "Waitaki Wine Week", a travelling
show aimed at taking Waitaki wines to the public, trade and
media in five New Zealand centres.
Waitaki Valley Winegrowers chairman and Ostler Vineyard
director Jim Jerram said the wine week, which would become an
annual event, was "significant and a coming of age" for the
"We are touring the country to make sure everyone has a
chance to meet the winemakers and try some of the most
exciting wines being produced from one of the remotest
wine-growing regions in New Zealand."
It also followed international success. Two pinot noirs from
the Waitaki Valley have won top pinot wine awards - Forrest
Estate at the London International Wine Challenge, for its
Waitaki 2009, and Ostler Vineyard's Caroline's 2010, at the
Shanghai International Wine Challenge.
Mr Jerram said those two awards, along with other successes
and accolades for Waitaki Valley wines, prompted the region's
wine-makers to organise the show.
The region was New Zealand's smallest and most climatically
risky, and the challenge for winemakers great, but the
potential was huge for wines of the highest calibre.
"They felt it was time to put Waitaki wines before the
public, trade and media," Mr Jerram said.
Waitaki Wine Week - also dubbed "Cool Climate Viticulture on
the Edge" - starts in Auckland on July 30, followed by
Wellington on July 31, Christchurch on August 1 and
Queenstown on August 2. Dunedin gets the show on September
15, when the All Blacks play their first test at Forsyth Barr
Stadium, against South Africa.
The show would have sessions for the public, media and trade,
Mr Jerram said.
Taking part are Ostler, Forrest Estate, Black Stilt, Earth
Keepers, Lone Hill, Otiake Estate, Pasquale, Valli and
Waitaki Braids wine-makers.