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Finding the Perfect Food and Wine Match at The Food Show Christchurch
Chelsea Winter at The Food Show Christchurch

The Christchurch Food Show which took place from Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th April proved to be the perfect match for Waipara Hills as the official Wine Sponsor of the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre.
9,439 visitors over three days arrived at the Horncastle Arena, to sample their way through a diverse range of food and beverages, and get inspiration and tips from celebrity chefs.

At the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre, eight of New Zealand’s top chefs, cooks and culinary authors including Josh Emett, Ray McVinnie, Annabelle White, Chelsea Winter, Sachie Nomura, Robert Oliver, Emma Galloway and Jonny Schwass, shared some of their favourite recipes. The audience enjoyed watching the chefs bring their dishes to life, which were then matched with a wine from Waipara Hills.  The Waipara Valley is a leading region for aromatics in New Zealand. Our wines are bursting with complex flavour making them the perfect food accompaniment.

Food editor, columnist and acclaimed chef Ray McVinnie demonstrated his classic style with a combination of fruit, bright mint and rich coconut cream which was nicely cut through with the Tahitian lime and mandarin characters of the 2015 Waipara Hills Riesling.

Ex-Masterchef judge and former Gordon Ramsay right-hand-man Josh Emett created his superb sticky pork hock hawker roll, a combination of pork, star anise, ginger and soy. The dish was perfectly balanced with the weighty 2014 Waipara Hills Equinox Chardonnay.


Following each demonstration, the crowd from the cooking theatre flocked to our nearby Waipara Hills stand, eager to taste the wine they had just seen featured on stage. Our team was on hand to take them through the three ranges; Waipara Hills, Equinox and our cellar door exclusive Soul by Waipara Hills, to discover the different flavours and textures.

“It is a delight to answer questions about our wines and to see people trying something new, especially our Waipara Valley aromatics. So many people wanted to learn about the different wines, and often walked away with a new favourite.” said Jenny Anderson, Waipara Hills Cellar Door and Café Manager.

The 2015 Waipara Hills Rosé was the crowd favourite at the tasting stand followed closely by the 2015 Soul Mound Riesling, both sold exclusively at our cellar door. The Rosé delights with flavours of strawberries and cream and has a lovely crisp finish. The Mound Riesling is a sweeter style with flavours of citrus and mandarin. It is beautifully tight with a refreshing spritz, cementing the fact the Waipara Valley is a leading region for aromatics in New Zealand. 
Waipara Hills at the Wellington Food Show
The Wellington Food Show
Waipara Hills is delighted to be the Official Wine Sponsor of the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre this year at the Wellington Food Show. 
See Waipara Hills wines in the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre where their award winning aromatic wines have been matched to celebrity chefs' dishes. 

The Food Show Wellington 2015
Fri 4 Sept – Sun 6 Sept 2015
Westpac Stadium

See www.foodshow.co.nz for ticket detials
Waipara Hills draw for tickets to The Food Show Auckland 27th - 30th July.
Terms and Conditions
Waipara Hills draw for tickets to The Food Show Auckland 27th - 30th July.

Main prize draw open to NZ residents. 18+. No purchase necessary. Opens 5.00pm 13/07/2017 - closes 10.00am 17/07/17. Two prizes. Each prize consists of 2 x General Admission tickets to The Food Show Auckland valid 27th - 30th July 2017. Tickets only. Travel and accommodation not included. See www.facebook.com/WaiparaHillsWine for further details.

Promoter: Accolade Wines New Zealand Limited, PO Box 126, Blenheim 7242. Phone: 03 520 6011.

Entry Restrictions: This Promotion is only open to entrants who are individuals who: (i) are legal residents of New Zealand living in New Zealand; and (ii) are 18 years of age or older. Directors, officers, management and employees (and the immediate families of directors, officers, management and employees) of the Promoter, or of the agencies or companies associated with this competition are not eligible to enter.

Competition Period: 5.00pm Thursday 13th July 2017 - 10.00am Monday 17th July 2017.

Entry Method: To enter, entrants must, during the Competition Period 'Like' Waipara Hills Facebook page and tell us your favourite wine and food match via the Waipara Hills Facebook page during the Competition Period (“Qualifying Response”).

Prize Details: There are 2 prizes to be won. Each prize consists of 2 x General Admission tickets to The Food Show Auckland valid 27th - 30th May 2017.
Prize Pool: The total prize pool is $80.

Entry Limits: Entrants may enter as many times as they wish during the Competition Period, provided that each entry is based on a unique Qualifying Response.

Criteria: The prize winners will be determined as follows: The best and/or most creative three Qualifying Responses (judged from all valid entries received during the Competition Period), as determined by the Promoter in its absolute discretion, will be selected as the winners by the Promoter. The Promoter reserves the right to select the next best Qualifying Response (judged from all valid entries received during the Competition Period) if an entrant does not satisfy these terms and conditions.

Winner Determination Date: Entries will be judged and the winning entries will be selected by the Promoter at 10.30am on Monday 17th July 2017.
Prize Claim Date: Winners are to private message the Waipara Hills Facebook page by 3.00pm on Thursday 20th July with full contact details to claim the prize.

Winner Notification & Publication: The winners will be announced on the Waipara Hills Facebook page on the Winner Determination Date.
1) Information regarding prizes and how to enter forms part of these conditions. By entering, entrants accept these conditions.
2) The competition will be conducted during the Competition Period.
3) Entries must be received during the Competition Period (or such other date as is specified in these conditions). Entries are deemed to be received at the time they are received by the Promoter and not at the time of submission by the entrant. The Promoter is not liable for late, lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, illegible, corrupted or misdirected entries or correspondence due to error, omission, tampering, deletion, theft, communications failure or otherwise. The Promoter has no control over communications networks and is not liable for any problems associated with them due to traffic congestion, technical malfunction or otherwise. The Promoter is not liable for any consequences of user error including (without limitation) costs incurred. Entrants who enter using multiple email addresses or aliases may be disqualified. If applicable, entrants are responsible for their own costs associated with accessing the Internet. Automatically generated entries will not be accepted.
4) Entries will be judged and the winning entries will be selected by the Promoter on the Winner Determination Date.
5) This competition is a game of skill; chance plays no part in determining the winner(s). Each valid entry will be individually judged (by representatives of the Promoter) based on, among other things, the Criteria. The judges’ decision regarding all aspects of the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6) The prizes are as stated in the Prize Details. The prizes are subject to any additional conditions specified by the Promoter and/or prize suppliers, including any periods of validity where relevant.
7) The winners will be notified in accordance with the Winner Notification and Publication. By entering this competition, each entrant requests that his or her full address be published.
8) If the prize has not been accepted or claimed in accordance with the Prize Claim Date, the relevant winner’s entry will be deemed invalid and the prize will be forfeited.
9) Entrants must, at the Promoter’s request, participate in all promotional activity (such as publicity and photography) surrounding the receipt of any prize, free of charge, and they consent to the Promoter using their name and image in promotional material.
10) The Promoter may require entrants to provide proof of identity, proof of age and proof of residency. Identification considered suitable for verification is at the Promoter’s and/or Outlet’s discretion.
11) If an entry is deemed not to comply with these terms and conditions, the entry will be discarded.
12) The Promoter may, in its sole discretion, disqualify all entries from, and prohibit further participation in this competition by, any person who tampers with or benefits from any tampering with the entry process or with the operation of the competition or acts in violation of these conditions, acts in a disruptive manner or acts with the intent or effect of annoying, abusing, threatening or harassing any other person or behaves in a manner which may diminish the good name or reputation of the Promoter or any of its related bodies corporate or the agencies or companies associated with this competition, is contrary to law or is otherwise inappropriate.
13) The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
14) The prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any variation in prize value. If a prize or any element of a prize is unavailable for any reason, the Promoter may substitute for that prize or element of that prize another item of equal or higher value as determined by the Promoter.
15) The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), expense, damage, personal injury (including, without limitation, allergies, skin conditions or other reactions), illness or death which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with this competition or accepting or using any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law). Nothing in these conditions restricts, excludes or modifies or purports to restrict, exclude or modify any statutory consumer rights under any applicable law.
16) Without limiting the previous paragraph, the Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable for any damage, loss or delay in transit to prizes. Delivery of prizes (where included as part of the offer) is within New Zealand only.
17) The Promoter may communicate or advertise this offer using Facebook. However, the competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Entrants are providing their information to the Promoter and not to Facebook. Each entrant completely releases Facebook from any and all liability.
18) If for any reason any aspect of this competition is not capable of running as planned, including by reason of computer virus, communications network failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failure or any cause beyond the control of the Promoter, the Promoter may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, or invalidate any affected entries.
19) The Promoter is not liable for any tax implications arising from the receipt of prizes. Independent financial advice should be sought.
20) The Promoter encourages consumers to enjoy alcohol responsibly. Legal aged consumers are advised to consider the safe drinking levels. For more information visit www.cheers.org.nz
21) All entries will be the property of the Promoter. The information entrants provide will be used by the Promoter for the purpose of conducting this competition. The information entrants provide will be used by the Promoter for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and otherwise administering this promotion. The Promoter may collect entrants’ personal information (including through its contractors or agents) or disclose entrants’ personal information to its contractors and agents to assist in conducting this promotion or communicating with entrants or their companions. Each entrant consents to the storage of their personal information on the Promoter’s database and the Promoter may use this information for future promotional and marketing purposes regarding the Promoter’s products including contacting the entrant via electronic messaging (and entrants consent to receiving SMS or email messages from the Promoter that do not contain any functional unsubscribe facility). Entrants can update their personal information or request access to the personal information the Promoter holds about them by contacting the Promoter. All correspondence should be to the attention of the Privacy Officer. A copy of the Promoter’s privacy policy can be obtained from the Promoter or from the Promoter’s website at www.accolade-wines.com and contains information about:
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c) whether entrants’ personal information the Promoter holds will be provided to overseas companies, and if so, in which countries those companies are located.
Winner Announced for Waipara Hills Whirlpool Competition
Waipara Hills Whirlpool Competition
Thank you to everyone who entered our Whirlpool competition* that ran in participating stores from 1st March to 31st May 2017. Congratulation to B Graves of Nelson/Tasman, winner of $10,000 worth of Whirlpool kitchen appliances.

*Competition now closed.
Harvest 2017 Well Under Way at Waipara Hills
Waipara Hills 2017 Harvest

Waipara Hills Vineyard Manager Jean-Luc Dufour and his team were thrilled to begin harvest in late March, taking the fruit that’s been so carefully prepared, off the vines.

“The fruit is showing plenty of concentration and lovely spice,” said Jean-Luc.

Pinot Noir from our Home Block vineyard for the Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Rose was the first fruit to be harvested and brought into the winery, followed closely by Pinot Gris picked off the Deans vineyard and Riesling from The Mound.
Jean-Luc said the weather in Waipara has not been favourable all of the time, but the North Canterbury sun has certainly made enough of a presence to ripen the fruit when it has been needed most.
Waipara Hills Winemaker Andrew Brown said some Pinot Noir has now been ‘barrelled down,’ and various aromatic ferments are ticking away.
The team in the winery is working hard to ensure the fruit coming in is carefully put through ferment in a manner that ensures all the textural qualities of our Waipara Hills wines can be expressed.

Flavour profiles are seeing a lot of variation this year, especially due to when the grapes were picked and what flavours were prominent at that time.
Andrew said the earlier picked fruit showed through as apple flavours, while the more recently picked grapes boast nashi pear and stone fruit.
“There have been various picks carried out over the past three weeks in between rain events, and the fruit has held up amazingly well. It’s a real credit to the vineyard team,” he said.
“With settled weather now in the forecast, things are looking promising for the remainder of Harvest 2017,” he said.

2016 Waipara Hills Pinot Gris Scoops Second Trophy
Waipara Hills 2016 Pinot Gris

Waipara Hills has once again proved itself a leading aromatics producer, taking home the Pinot Gris Trophy at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards Dinner on Saturday 4th March.
The rich and spicy characters of the 2016 Waipara Hills Pinot Gris have won the hearts of many, and the Trophy was yet another accolade to add to the list of awards this wine has won over the last few months.
General Manager for Accolade Wines NZ Jack Glover, has been absolutely thrilled with the performance of this wine.
He said the rich and complex flavours in the bottle transcend across so many groups of wine enthusiasts, who can all find something a little bit different to enjoy in their glass.
“This Pinot Gris has been particularly successful, with an acclaimed International Wine Show Trophy, and now a Royal Easter Show Trophy under its belt, as well as three Gold medals and a recommendation by Cuisine Magazine since it was bottled last spring.”

The Waipara Valley is snuggled in the lee of the Teviotdale hills, which provide protection from the cool ocean winds but open to warm Nor' Wester winds. The unique terroir of the valley floor, and being north facing with its moderately sloping river terraces, provides an ideal suntrap for grape ripening.

The winemaking team at Waipara Hills said what really made 2016 stand out was a vintage-defining Indian summer, where great flavour development was achieved leading into picking.
Grapes for the Waipara Hills Pinot Gris come from two of our vineyards, Home Block and Deans, where the combination of vine age, gravelly soils and minerality of these blocks create lively and aromatic wines, bursting with vibrancy and flavour. 

The perfect end to the Waipara Hills' concert season
Waipara Hills concert

It was an evening of ideal summer weather for those who took the trip out to Waipara Hills for The Winery Tour in February, the final summer concert for the series this season.

Much adored kiwi musicians Benny Tipene, Bic Runga and Brooke Fraser each had their time on stage where they all thoroughly enjoyed warming the hearts of the crowd who stood below them.
Despite the morning rain in North Canterbury and beyond, the sun was out by mid-afternoon and concert goers were turning up in short sleeves and jandals.
Benny Tipene was the first act up at 6pm, the Waipara Valley rolling hills lit up behind him by the evening sun.
His tracks Make You Mine, This Is Where Love Comes From, and Walking On Water had the crowd singing along.
Bic Runga was next out on stage, playing some numbers off her latest recently-released album , as well as classics, like Sway, Get Some Sleep, and Precious Things.
As the sun went down Brooke Fraser took centre stage, playing lots of known chart toppers Therapy, Kings and Queens, and Albertine. 
To finish the splendid evening off, Bic Runga and Brooke Fraser lit the stage together for some duet magic, including the Crowded House anthem ‘You’d Better Be Home Soon.’
Waipara Hills was also enveloped in summer sun for the Christmas in the Vines concert on December 17, featuring the adored trio of tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati, and baritone cousin Moses, with supporting acts and fellow kiwi music icons Hayley Westenra and Rebecca Nelson.
General Manager for Accolade Wines NZ Jack Glover said it was great to see music lovers this summer from all across the region and beyond, flocking through the gates of Waipara Hills to enjoy great music, beautiful wine and lovely views with their family and friends. “Nestled in the haven of the Waipara Valley, enjoying these simple and elegant pleasures is an integral part of the summer experience for many,” he said.

A stunning summer’s evening for an operatic Christmas in the Vines
Christmas in the Vines
It  was a superb summer’s evening of sunshine and festive cheer, for the Christmas in the Vines concert with Sol3 Mio at Waipara Hills.
The adored trio of tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati, and baritone cousin Moses, graced the stage last weekend with their operatic voices, a slice of humour, rock, pop, and plenty of Christmas music.
Rebecca Nelson set the evening off with some classical music to warm the crowd as the sun set on the Waipara Valley.
She was followed by a selection of Christmas favourites by Sol3 Mio including Jingle Bell Rock, Silent Night and Winter Wonderland, alongside the equally delightful but less known festive numbers like the Hawaiian Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka.
Complementing the talent of Sol3 Mio, classical singing sweetheart Hayley Westenra and Australian Idol winner Stan Walker supported throughout the concert, and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra created a wonderful polish.
It was a particularly special evening for departing Waipara Hills Cellar Door and Café Manager Jenny Anderson, as she managed her final concert in her tenure at Waipara Hills. 
There’s no better way for Cantabrians to get into the festive spirit than Christmas in the Vines in the picturesque Waipara Valley. Merry Christmas everyone!

Success for Waipara Hills at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards
As a leading aromatics producer, Waipara Hills has achieved great success at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with a Gold medal for the 2016 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris and the 2015 Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling.
Waipara Hills also received Silver medals for the 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Waipara Valley Gewurztraminer and the 2015 Waipara Valley Chardonnay.
Waipara Hills winemaker Simon McGeorge was thrilled to receive two Gold medals and three Silvers, which he said was testament to all the great work done both in the vineyard and by the winery team.
“The 2016 Waipara Hills Pinot Gris showcases one of the best seasons I’ve seen in the Waipara Valley. To have a drier style Pinot Gris yet with such weight and richness, that retains lift and aromatic power, is just fantastic.”
The fruit quality was outstanding thanks to the harvest of 2016, described as “bountiful and beautiful” by Waipara Hills vineyard manager Jean-Luc Dufour. He said from spring to autumn, the heat, the rain and the dry was delivered at each stage just when it was needed.
In contrast, the 2015 harvest for the Equinox Riesling was not so stable. The late spring frost made for a smaller crop, but Jean-Luc said a lot of care was given throughout the season to the small amount of fruit on the vines. “It is very rewarding for all staff involved to get a Gold medal after such a lot of tender care went into producing this great wine.”
Simon said the 2015 Equinox Riesling has great mouth feel due to its focused acidity and ripe skin tannin. “It is filled out and complemented by the retained sweetness to make a multi layered wine, that has a real elegance about it too.”
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards has been running for more than 30 years, and is New Zealand’s premier wine competition, recognising excellence in winemaking. Following three days of judging more than 1,400 wines, 91 gold medals were awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the most pleasing aspect of this year’s awards was the spread of gold medals across a number of varieties and regions.
The Winery Tour 2017
The iconic summer tour returns for its 10th year featuring Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga, and Benny Tipene
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Winery Tour will be returning to Waipara Hills on 18th February 2017. The all star lineup features two of New Zealand’s most successful artists of all time, Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga, and exciting newcomer Benny Tipene.
The Winery Tour 2017 will celebrate Kiwi summer in the best way possible, with outstanding music and great wine amongst the vines.
Brooke Fraser and Bic Runga have each won the APRA silver scroll for Song of the Year, been awarded a total of 32 NZ music awards between them, and have combined catalogue sales of more than 650,000 albums in NZ alone (a whopping 43 x platinum), including 21 top forty singles. Their songs are woven into the very fabric of New Zealand life: Something in the Water, Sway, Better, Drive, Arithmetic, Something Good, Shadowfeet, Get Some Sleep, Deciphering Me and many, many more.
Los Angeles-based Brooke Fraser will return home to headline the 2017 Tour, following the release of her first career retrospective album “A Sides”, which will include her upcoming single “Therapy”. “The Winery Tour is quite simply a dream to play, there is no better way to tour New Zealand. I am looking forward to getting home to play all the favourites from my career so far to the best fans in the world” says Brooke.
Having played on the very first Winery Tour back in 2007, Bic Runga returns to tour the vines once again. Bic will be celebrating her induction into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (the youngest ever inductee) and her brand new album “Close Your Eyes” (including the single of the same name), showcasing her interpretations of some of music’s most classic songs. Bic adds “I’m excited to rejoin the Winery Tour family, to hit the road again and to play all my songs and some of my favourite covers in the most spectacular venues”.
Opening the show will be Winery Tour newcomer Benny Tipene, an exciting new talent rapidly making a very big name for himself in NZ. Benny exploded onto the airwaves with four hits from his debut album ‘Bricks’ including the #1 platinum single “Walking on Water” and top ten gold single “Lonely”. Benny is busy completing his second album in time for the Winery Tour, an album which will include his brand new single “Where Love Comes From”.

“Touring all around New Zealand, playing amazing places, sharing the stage with two musical icons – what a great way to spend summer!” says Benny.
  • Tickets go on sale on midday 31st October at an Early Bird price of $69 (+booking fee), until 30 November 2016.
  • On 1 December full price tickets will go on sale for $79 (+booking fee).
  • Children under the age of 12 will be granted free entry when accompanied by an adult ticket holder (one child per ticket holder).
  • For ticket information and to purchase please see The Winery Tour website www.winerytour.co.nz - special bus tickets will also be available.
  • Tickets can also be purchased at Waipara Hills Cellar Door.


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