Pinot Noir NZ 2013 starts next Monday

It’s less than a week until the beginning of the biggest event on the New Zealand wine calendar and the Pinot Noir is being sorted, the palates prepared and the glasses polished. Pinot Noir NZ 2013 starts next Monday morning on the Wellington waterfront when Pinot Noir experts, makers and lovers from around the world focus on New Zealand Pinot Noir for four unforgettable days.

There is still time to register at with both days passes and tickets to the public tasting on Wednesday 30th January still available.

As Pinot board chair Alastair Maling puts it “Every time we have this event, we look back on these days as being seminal to the direction the wine industry takes from then on. There are just too many influencers, key people and too much passionate debate for there to be any other outcome”

If you love New Zealand wine you cannot afford not to be here. The wines, the conversations, the arguments and the connections are everything, and it is so exciting to be amongst it.

The excitement is also building for the culinary talents of Ruth Pretty team, and Pinot Noir NZ 2013 culminates on the final night with the biggest Pinot Party ever seen in this country.

Ruth’s kitchen has started the preparation for the daily Pinot Noir feasts. Wellington restaurants are also preparing for the onslaught of restaurant centric delegates eager for quality dining experiences during their free time.

During the four days of the event the Ruth Pretty team will wash 35,000 Zerutti pinot noir glasses and 18,000 plates. Amongst a myriad of produce delegates will eat 4,000 pieces of perfectly ripened stone fruit, 300kg of New Zealand artisan cheese , and at least 100kg of farmed raised venison and salmon.

“To present astounding New Zealand produce with a foreground of the country’s finest pinots to international and New Zealand winery owners, wine makers, gurus and media is an opportunity I relish. There will be those big moments during the four days where I will feel so proud to be a New Zealander” says Ruth.

The four day programme highlights the regional focus of New Zealand Pinot Noir with delegates visiting different waterfront venues all with a distinctive regional feel.

“A great deal of pride and an enormous amount of hard work has been put in by the Wairarapa/Martinborough, Marlborough, Nelson, North Canterbury/Waipara Valley and Central Otago regions. I can’t wait to see everyone showcasing their wines and stories. It’s been a massive undertaking, the change in format is going to create debate, possible some controversy and without doubt considerable post event discussion,” says Alastair.

More than 100 top Pinot Noir producers will host the event with guests such as Matt Kramer from the USA, Tim Atkin MW and Mathew Jukes from the UK, Jan Petersen from Sweden, Ned Goodwin MW from Japan, Lisa Perotti-Brown MW from Singapore and Emmanuel Bourguignon from France.

Come and join us.

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