A Vintage Wedding: Cross Hares

  The guests raise their glasses in reply to the toast just given by the best man, “To the bride and groom!” They sip their wine, they become silent, they sip again, they smile. The bride watches her guests chatting across the tables, hears their laughter. She murmurs to the groom, “Look, the Cross Hares […]

Cross Hares Winery

Year of the Hare: Cross Hares Winery

They may describe themselves as ‘accidental winegrowers’, but Natalie and Warrick Edwards, of Cross Hares Winery, have certainly proved that where there’s a will, there’s a way.     After the September 2010 earthquake saw the Edwards’ family having to farewell their irreparable home forever, Natalie and Warrick had to seriously rethink their lives. “So, […]

The Monday Room

A partnership of perfection: The Monday Room

Creating the perfect marriage between cuisine and wine is a unique art and one which local institution The Monday Room has up its culinary sleeve.     With Head Chef Eeva Torvinen turning her talented hand to creating a menu that utilises the techniques and flavours of her Finnish background to bring flavour to the […]

Rossendale Vineyard

Only the best! Rossendale Vineyard

Only the best is good enough for the team at specialist wedding and event venue, Rossendale Vineyard. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their already consummate service to clients.     “We have made a small change to our name to make it trip off the tongue more easily,” says manager Graham Jones. […]

Pegasus Bay Vine Run

Supporting a good cause: Pegasus Bay Vine Run + Win with Metropol

If you fancy a run/walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay followed by live music and a glass of wine all while supporting a worthy cause then you won’t want to miss out on the Pegasus Bay Vine Run.     After a successful inaugural event (earlier this year) the second […]

Explore Waipara

Toast to tours: Explore Waipara

Kaye Souter’s passion for wine is infectious and extends beyond just drinking it.     As the owner of Explore Waipara Wine Tours, Kaye prides herself on offering unique winery tours individually catered to her clients. “The point of difference with our business is we aim to make our wine tours as fun and as […]

CharRees Vineyard

A tipple at twilight: CharRees Vineyard

CharRees Vineyard is thrilled to announce it is again hosting the Twilight in The Vines evening. This magic occasion is in its fourth year, its success reflected in the growing numbers attending each year.   To be held this year on Saturday 24 November, this gorgeous event is the perfect way to unwind from the […]

Straight 8 Estate

An exceptional estate: Straight 8 Estate

When you mention Straight 8 Estate to someone, they usually respond with, “I have really been meaning to go there”.     Situated at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, Straight 8 Estate, named after their rare Railton Light Sports vintage car, owners James Shand and Mary Jamieson create some “seriously drinkable wine”. With spring well […]

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The Grape Debate: There’s a battle brewing within the Central Otago wine industry

There’s a battle brewing within the Central Otago wine industry, but it’s for a good cause. And there shouldn’t be any ‘sour grapes’ at the end of it.     Following the success of similar events in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, the Colliers International Grape Debate comes to Southern Lakes this month. Renowned for their […]

Clicquot in the Snow

Winter’s Must-Attend: Clicquot in the Snow

This year’s Clicquot in the Snow in Queenstown from 2-5 August marks the 200th year since Madame Clicquot blended the world’s first rosé champagne and, to honour the special anniversary, long-time friend of the brand, designer Kathryn Wilson has designed a special edition rosé pink belt. To the delight of many Kathryn Wilson fans, the […]