The Chardonnay Affair 2024, Gisborne – Tickets on Sale Now

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable experience happening this time next month, the 24-26th of May 2024. The Chardonnay Affair is back! This spectacular event will span over three days, featuring four distinct happenings that you simply cannot miss.

Taste the local Chardonnay, listen to live music, and treat your taste buds with a selection of delicious food. Tickets are still up for grabs, so you don’t have to miss out on this exciting weekend. Come along and celebrate National Chardonnay Day with fellow wine enthusiasts at the Chardonnay Affair 2024. Here’s a taste of what you’ll experience…

Affair Events

The Chardonnay Fling – Friday 24 May 2024

Welcome the weekend in at the beautiful Black House overlooking Wainui Beach. Chardonnay will be the star of this soiree, as we sip and sample Gisborne’s finest classic Chardonnays. A glittering array of sumptuous food will be served to match your desired chardonnay as you enjoy the soothing sounds of live music. Dress – for after five!

LOCATION The Black House, 72 Winifred St, Wainui Beach DATE Friday 24 May 2024

Chardonnay in The Vines – Saturday 25th May 2024

Join us for this long lunch as we mingle with Gisborne’s finest Chardonnays among the vines at Bushmere Estate. Guests will enjoy the best local produce, dished up by the very talented team at The Vines. You will also be entertained throughout the afternoon with our passionate winemakers talking about their wines and live music and . Relax amongst the vines and enjoy the beautiful views! DRESS – to impress in white to match our famous Chardonnays. Bubbles on arrival, Start the day of with canapés and wine tasting with some of Gisborne’s finest – you are then treated to 3-course lunch by The Vines paired with Chardonnay, and live music.

LOCATION The Vines @ Bushmere Estate 166 Main Road, Makaraka, Gisborne

Masterclass Saturday 25th May 2024

The Masterclass will feature a selection of best Chardonnay by local winemakers to showcase the best Gisborne Chardonnay expressions. Step into the world of classic Gisborne Chardonnays. Our masterclass invites you to savour the essence of Gisborne’s terroir as expressed through its signature Chardonnays. Immerse yourself in the rich history and distinctive flavours of this celebrated varietal, crafted by skilled winemakers who honour tradition while embracing innovation. From the sun-drenched vineyards to the cool sea breezes, Gisborne’s unique microclimate imparts a character that sets its Chardonnays apart. DRESS – Wine Country Casual Ticket includes: Chardonnay Masterclass selection of Gisborne’s finest chardonnays, and cheeseboard.

LOCATION Tahu, 40 Centennial Marine Drive, Gisborne

Rendezvous on The Chardonnay Express – Sunday 26th May 2024

Celebrate International Chardonnay Weekend aboard the historic steam train WA 165 as you wind your way from Gisborne railway station through the countryside to Muriwai. The steamy train ride offers you the opportunity to connect with the clever winemakers who craft these delicious classic Chardonnays. DRESS – Wine Country Casual Ticket includes: The Chardonnay Express, tasting card and brochure, a glass of bubbles, live music, a tasting of classic Chardonnays and catering by GEM Cuisine. The train ride is pulled and shunted by the only surviving WA Class steam locomotive in the world. WA165 was built 1897 in N.Z. Rail’s Dunedin workshops, (one of 11 built between 1892 and 1903), and was retired in 1957.

LOCATION Gisborne Railway Station, Gisborne

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