Hawke’s Bays Premium Wine Event Planning Continues?

Hawke’s Bays Premium Wine Event Planning Continues

Organisers of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious wine auction are in full flight working on this year’s event, which celebrates and recognises 29 years of wineries producing exceptional and sought-after auction lots.


This year’s event will be held on Saturday 19th September.  All going to plan it will be back in the heart of Hastings at the newly refurbished Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre, whom we are working closely with to ensure the safety of our staff, and guests, as this is our greatest priority.  Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre have a ‘Reducing Risk of Infection Plan’ and ‘Pandemic Response Management Plan’, and we are monitoring the directives from the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and Ministry of Health.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says “it is incredibly exciting to have the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction back in Functions on Hastings at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre.”  “Our community will have many fantastic memories of attending the wine auction in the former Plaza and we welcome them back to Toitoi with big open arms for its 29th auction.”  “We encourage everyone to give generously at this event, which is a wonderful fundraiser for Cranford Hospice.”

General Manager, Elisha Milmine says, “the annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction is held to raise much needed funds for Cranford Hospice, we do have a contingency plan for the event on the same date should it be required.”  “We are monitoring the unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. At this stage plans are proceeding, we will make an announcement if anything changes.”

“we are absolutely delighted to announce that this year the very talented Anna Jepson, will be the 2020 Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction Feature Artist.” says Milmine.

Anna Jepson is a contemporary artist, born and bred in Hawke’s Bay. She has been painting for well over two decades, initially inspired by attending art classes and completing a Fine Arts Diploma in painting and drawing in 2002.

Anna’s forms are often classical, set into an abstracted background rendering a sense of harmony, whilst capturing a relationship of space and light.

Anna Jepson says, “I am delighted to be selected as the 2020 Hawke’s Bay Wine Artist and look forward to designing and creating a painting that is fitting and reflective of this special event and our beautiful region.” “working along-side these passionate and generous people who unselfishly create this incredible event each year is an honour, as is being able to give back and create a piece of artwork with proceeds to Cranford, most of us have been touched by their support and strength when faced with the loss of a loved one.”

Anna Jepson

Anna Jepson

The Wine Auction event begins with your opportunity to wander the room speaking with many of the regions talented winemakers while tasting the wine they have on auction, our Event Ambassador – Mike McRoberts will also be their mingling with guests.  This is followed by the fun and lively auction, raise your paddles to walk away with some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wines, one travel package or our feature art piece.


The main event will be complimented by a series of wine events throughout the weekend and an Auction After Party to celebrate in style, further details on Event Series to be announced in May 2020.

The Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction is possible due to a group of very talented and successful winemakers and artists, coming together to donate, showcase and celebrate their works on a national and international stage. The success of this event allows all contributors to acknowledge those less fortunate in our community by gifting auction proceeds to Cranford Hospice.

“Mike McRoberts – Event Ambassador says, “I am delighted to be involved with this event for the second year, it is truly heart-warming”.  “I am working with Chairperson Kate Radburnd of Radburnd Cellars and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers on this year’s exciting Ambassadors Lot, bidders will want to get their hands on this wine and experience package.”

The Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction is run annually and has firmly secured the position of New Zealand’s premier wine event for the uniqueness of the wine offerings.  

Milmine says “2020 Vintage is underway, Hawke’s Bays talented winegrowers and makers are working on their auction lot offerings for this year’s auction, preparing for another extraordinary event profiling Hawke’s Bay wines and raising much needed funds for Cranford Hospice.”

Event tickets will go on sale in June and absentee bidding is also available.  To follow update’s sign up at www.hawkesbaywineauction.co.nz or ‘like’ Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction, Facebook or Instagram pages.

For further information or images, please contact Elisha Milmine on 021 526 069, elisha@hawkesbaywineauction.co.nz 

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